20 of 146 portraits by Willem Wissing
after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, late 17th century
4 7/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (125 mm x 97 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- Mary Grimston (1675-1684), Daughter of Sir Samuel Grimston, Bt. Sitter in 3 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Willem Wissing (1656-1687), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 146 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
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