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The Academicians of the Royal Academy

3 of 3 portraits of Francesco Zuccarelli

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The Academicians of the Royal Academy

by Richard Earlom, after Johan Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, published 1773
19 7/8 in. x 28 3/8 in. (506 mm x 721 mm) plate size; 21 3/4 in. x 30 1/2 in. (553 mm x 776 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D21304

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  • Richard Earlom (1743-1822), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 107 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • Johan Joseph Zoffany (1733-1810), Painter of portraits and conversation pieces. Artist or producer associated with 50 portraits, Sitter associated with 11 portraits. Identify

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