Sir Philip Sidney
Sir Philip Sidney
by Edward Scriven, published by Lackington, Allen & Co, published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after William Haines, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, early 19th century (circa 1576)
14 3/4 in. x 10 3/8 in. (374 mm x 262 mm) plate size; 17 1/8 in. x 11 1/4 in. (436 mm x 286 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586), Soldier, statesman and poet. Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- William Haines (1778-1848), Engraver and painter. Artist associated with 19 portraits.
- Lackington, Allen & Co (active 1815-1817), Publishers. Artist associated with 48 portraits.
- Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown (active 1815-1820), Publishers. Artist associated with 98 portraits.
- Edward Scriven (1775-1841), Engraver. Artist associated with 208 portraits.
- Unknown artist. Artist associated with 6439 portraits.
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