MSTP is indebted to Donald H. Ryan for identifying the sources of the Wesley transfers that appear on plaques.
The most common transfer of John Wesley is based on the above portrait by Henry Edridge (1769–1821) done in 1790, the year before Wesley died.
The transfer above is in the manner of an etching by William Thomas Fry (1789–1843) of a portrait of Wesley by John Renton (c1774–1841).
The above engraving, by William Ridley (1764–1838) after a miniature by R Arnold (fl 1770–1810), is the source for this rarer transfer. Thanks to Debra Madera at the Pitts Library for sharing the above image of a circular plaque in their Wesleyana collection. This transfer more usually appears on rectangular plaques in three sizes. See them all on the Black and white plaques page.
The source for the above plaque is an engraving after a miniature painting by J. Barry.
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