© National Portrait Gallery, London
Francis Russell, 5th Duke of Bedford
by William Lane Click on the links below to find out more
chalk, circa 1798
15 3/4 in. x 12 5/8 in. (400 mm x 321 mm)
Given by Ernest E. Leggatt, 1919
- William Lane (1746-1819). Artist associated with 11 portraits.
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