Baron Kelvin with his brother and sister

1 portrait of William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

Baron Kelvin with his brother and sister, by Agnes Gardner King, 1907 - NPG 1708(a) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Baron Kelvin with his brother and sister

by Agnes Gardner King
charcoal, 1907
14 1/4 in. x 20 1/2 in. (363 mm x 522 mm)
Given by Agnes Gardner King, 1913
Primary Collection
NPG 1708(a)


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