© Mark Gerson / National Portrait Gallery, London
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cibachrome print from original transparency, December 1993
11 5/8 in. x 11 3/4 in. (295 mm x 297 mm)
Given by Mark Gerson, 1996
- Mark Gerson (1921-), Photographer. Artist associated with 276 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
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