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John Wilson Croker
by William Owen Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, circa 1812
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
Given by Frederick Locker-Lampson, 1872
- John Wilson Croker (1780-1857), Essayist and politician, Secretary to the Admiralty and MP for several constituencies. Sitter in 18 portraits.
- William Owen (1769-1825), Painter. Artist associated with 97 portraits.
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