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Arthur Roberts as Polydore Poupart in 'The Old Guard', by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Strand Publishing Company, published 1 October 1888 - NPG Ax9329 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Arthur Roberts as Polydore Poupart in 'The Old Guard'

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Strand Publishing Company
carbon print, published 1 October 1888
4 1/4 in. x 3 1/2 in. (108 mm x 88 mm) image size
Purchased, 1980
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax9329


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