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William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire

4 of 35 portraits by John Brooks

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William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire

by John Brooks, sold by Thomas Jefferys, and sold by William Herbert, after James Worsdale
mezzotint, mid 18th century
20 1/4 in. x 14 1/4 in. (513 mm x 363 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Whitin Fund, 1954
Reference Collection
NPG D35159

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  • John Brooks (circa 1710-after 1756), Engraver and print publisher. Artist associated with 35 portraits.
  • William Herbert (1718-1795), Bibliographer and printseller. Artist associated with 28 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • Thomas Jefferys (circa 1719-1771), Engraver, cartographer and publisher. Artist associated with 32 portraits.
  • James Worsdale (circa 1692-1767), Portrait painter, actor and rake. Artist associated with 13 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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  • NPG D35158: William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire (from same plate)

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