3 of 4 portraits of John Byrom
by James Posselwhite, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, 19th century
10 in. x 7 1/2 in. (255 mm x 190 mm) plate size; 15 in. x 12 in. (382 mm x 304 mm) paper size
Given by E.C. Atherton Byrom, 1896
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