by William Ward, published by John Peter Thompson, after Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt)
mezzotint, published 5 October 1805 (1777)
20 3/8 in. x 14 1/4 in. (518 mm x 361 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Artistsback to top
- Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt) (1735-1811), Painter. Artist associated with 62 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- John Peter Thompson (1792-1819), Engraver, printer and printseller. Artist associated with 20 portraits.
- William Ward (1766-1826), Engraver; father of William James Ward. Artist associated with 167 portraits.
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