Unknown boy engraved as Thomas Chatterton

1 portrait by Richard Woodman

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Unknown boy engraved as Thomas Chatterton

by Richard Woodman, after Nathan Cooper Branwhite
stipple and line engraving, circa 1825-1850
9 1/4 in. x 6 1/2 in. (236 mm x 164 mm) plate size; 9 3/4 in. x 6 7/8 in. (247 mm x 176 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
Reference Collection
NPG D14546

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Artistsback to top

  • Nathan Cooper Branwhite (1774 or 1775-1857), Miniature painter and engraver. Artist or producer associated with 21 portraits.
  • Richard Woodman (1784-1859), Engraver and portrait painter. Artist or producer associated with 30 portraits.

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  • NPG D20125: Unknown boy engraved as Thomas Chatterton (from same plate)

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