© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Robert Vyner (Viner), Bt
by William Faithorne Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, circa 1665
8 1/4 in. x 6 in. (210 mm x 151 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- William Faithorne (circa 1620-1691), Engraver and draughtsman. Artist associated with 719 portraits, Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
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