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William Stevenson

by William Sharp, printed by Day & Haghe, after Horatio Beevor Love, after William Hilton
lithograph, 1821 or after
11 7/8 in. x 7 7/8 in. (302 mm x 200 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D8972

Sitterback to top

  • William Stevenson (circa 1750-1821), Publisher and writer. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist associated with 2 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Day & Haghe (active 1833-1845), Lithographers. Artist associated with 46 portraits.
  • William Hilton (1786-1839), History painter. Artist associated with 60 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Horatio Beevor Love (1800-1838), Painter and draughtsman. Artist associated with 6 portraits.
  • William Sharp (1803-1875), Lithographer. Artist associated with 15 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D7840: William Stevenson (from same plate)

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