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Sir William Vernon Harcourt
attributed to Sir Anthony Coningham Sterling Click on the links below to find out more
salt print, late 1840s
4 1/8 in. x 3 1/2 in. (105 mm x 89 mm) oval
- Sir William Vernon Harcourt (1827-1904), Lawyer, journalist and Liberal politician; MP for Oxford and Derby, Chancellor of the Exchequer and leader of the British Liberal Party. Sitter in 54 portraits.
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is published, followed shortly by her sister Charlotte's 'Jane Eyre
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