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George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough when Marquis of Blandford

1 of 11 portraits by William Whiston Barney

George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough when Marquis of Blandford, by William Whiston Barney, after  Richard Cosway, 1803-1808 - NPG D38256 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough when Marquis of Blandford

by William Whiston Barney, after Richard Cosway
mezzotint, 1803-1808
14 1/4 in. x 10 3/8 in. (361 mm x 263 mm) plate size; 16 1/8 in. x 11 1/4 in. (410 mm x 287 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1964
Reference Collection
NPG D38256

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  • William Whiston Barney (active 1805-1808), Mezzotinter and publisher. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
  • Richard Cosway (1742-1821), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 97 portraits, Sitter in 15 portraits.

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