Sir John Vanbrugh
Sir John Vanbrugh
by John Simon, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1715
13 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (352 mm x 251 mm) plate size; 14 3/8 in. x 10 1/2 in. (365 mm x 266 mm) paper size
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- John Simon (1675-1751), Mezzotint engraver. Artist or producer associated with 213 portraits.
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist or producer associated with 1686 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
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