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The Modern Hercules destroying the Hydra of Fanaticism

1 of 3 portraits of John Erskine

The Modern Hercules destroying the Hydra of Fanaticism, by John Kay, 1789 - NPG D16841 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

The Modern Hercules destroying the Hydra of Fanaticism

by John Kay
etching, 1789
7 1/4 in. x 5 3/8 in. (183 mm x 137 mm) plate size; 10 3/8 in. x 8 in. (262 mm x 202 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D16841


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  • John Kay (1742-1826), Miniature painter and caricaturist. Artist associated with 272 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.