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Sir George Back
by William Brockedon Click on the links below to find out more
black and red chalk, 1833
14 1/4 in. x 10 in. (362 mm x 254 mm)
Transferred from National Gallery, 1994
- Sir George Back (1796-1878), Naval officer and explorer. Sitter in 6 portraits.
- William Brockedon (1787-1854), Painter, writer and inventor. Artist associated with 112 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
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