6 of 22 portraits of George Abbot
after Simon de Passe
line engraving, published 1650 (1616)
5 1/4 in. x 4 in. (132 mm x 101 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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- George Abbot (1562-1633), Archbishop of Canterbury. Sitter associated with 22 portraits.
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- Simon de Passe (1595-1647), Engraver. Artist associated with 202 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
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