by William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1666
10 1/8 in. x 6 3/8 in. (258 mm x 162 mm) plate size; 10 1/2 in. x 6 3/4 in. (268 mm x 172 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Sitterback to top
- Richard Hooker (1554-1600), Theologian and philosopher. Sitter associated with 17 portraits.
Artistback to top
- William Faithorne (circa 1620-1691), Engraver and draughtsman. Artist associated with 720 portraits, Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
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