2 of 2 portraits of John Hancock
possibly after Littleford
mezzotint, circa 1776-1777
7 1/8 in. x 4 1/8 in. (180 mm x 105 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
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- John Hancock (1736 or 1737-1793), Governor of Massachusetts; signer of the Declaration of Independence. Sitter in 2 portraits.
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