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Inscription

lower left in plate: Painted by Wm. Owen / The Blind Beggar of Bednall Green / His reverend lockes... lower center in plate: LONDON / Pbud. April 2 1804, by MESSRS WARDS & CO. / No. 6. Newman St; lower right in plate: Engraved by Willm. Ward Mezzotinto Engraver to his Royal Highness the Duke of York. / Le Mendiant aveugle de Bednall Green / .. Ses Cheveux vénérables... ; lower center in plate: Engraved from the Original Picture in the Possession of Thomas Heathcote Esqr. to whom this Plate is Dedicated by his most Obedi. Humble Servt. WM WARD

Provenance

Christopher Lennox-Boyd; (Nicholas Stogdon, Oxford); purchased 2001 by NGA.

Bibliography
1884
Smith, John Chaloner. British mezzotinto portraits, being a descriptive catalogue of these engravings from the introduction of the art to the early part of the present century. 4 vols. London: Henry Sotheran and Co., 1884.
1904
Frankau, Julia. William Ward, A.R.A., James Ward, R.A.: Their Lives and Works. London, 1904.