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Basil Earl of Denbigh & Desmond

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    14/06/1775 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Watts, John (engraver)
    Dance-Holland, Nathaniel 1st Baronet (Sir), born 1735 - died 1811 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mezzotint on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs E. B. Westwood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PP, shelf 11

Physical description

Portrait, three-quarter-length, seated, to front and facing slightly to right; resting left arm on a table and holding a scroll in his hand; wearing Parliament robes. At the bottom of the sheet is a coat of arms.

Place of Origin

London (printed)


14/06/1775 (printed)


Watts, John (engraver)
Dance-Holland, Nathaniel 1st Baronet (Sir), born 1735 - died 1811 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Mezzotint on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'N. Dance pinxt. J. Watts sculp. Basil Earl of Denbigh & Desmond, Lord of the Bed Chamber Master of the Harriers and Privy Counsellor To K. George the III. As the Act directs June 14 1775.'


Height: 50.2 cm, Width: 35.2 cm

Descriptive line

Print, three-quarter-length portrait of Basil Feilding, 6th Earl of Denbigh and 5th Earl of Desmond, in Parliament robes. Mezzotint by John Watts after Nathaniel Dance, 1775.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1959 . London: HMSO, 1964.
Smith, John Chaloner. British Mezzotinto Portraits. London: Henry Sotheran & Co., 1883. Vol. 4, p.1568.





Subjects depicted

Robes; Scroll; Politician; Table


Portraits; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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