© National Portrait Gallery, London
Elizabeth Hervey (née Felton), Countess of Bristol
by John Simon, after Michael Dahl
13 in. x 10 in. (330 mm x 254 mm)
Purchased with help from the Whitin Fund, 1955
- Michael Dahl (1659-1743), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 166 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
- John Simon (1675-1751), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 213 portraits.
- NPG D8969: Elizabeth Hervey (née Felton), Countess of Bristol (from same plate)
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