2 of 2 portraits of William Alabaster
probably by James Thomson (Thompson)
stipple engraving, early 19th century
7 1/2 in. x 4 3/8 in. (190 mm x 110 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
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- William Alabaster (1568-1640), Church of England clergyman and writer. Sitter in 2 portraits.
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- James Thomson (Thompson) (baptised 1788-1850), Engraver. Artist associated with 137 portraits.
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