Thomas Grenville

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Thomas Grenville

by William Say, after John Hoppner
mezzotint, published 1808 (1807)
12 3/8 in. x 10 1/4 in. (313 mm x 261 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D2524

Sitterback to top

  • Thomas Grenville (1755-1846), Book collector and diplomat. Sitter associated with 13 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • John Hoppner (1758-1810), Painter. Artist or producer associated with 217 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
  • William Say (1768-1834), Mezzotint engraver. Artist or producer associated with 261 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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After taking Portugal, Napoleon invades Spain, deposes the Spanish Bourbon monarchy and appoints his brother Joseph as the new King. The
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