© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Walter Besant; James Rice
by Archibald John Stuart Wortley Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, 1882
55 1/4 in. x 71 1/2 in. (1403 mm x 1816 mm)
Given by T. Chatto, 1929
- Sir Walter Besant (1836-1901), Novelist and campaigner for authors' rights. Sitter in 6 portraits.
- James Rice (1843-1882), Novelist. Sitter in 1 portrait.
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