© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir George de Lacy Evans
by James Henry Lynch, printed by Day & Son, published by Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co, after Roger Fenton Click on the links below to find out more
lithograph, published 12 February 1855
18 1/8 in. x 13 in. (459 mm x 330 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1958
- Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co (active 1830-1890), Printsellers and publishers. Artist associated with 90 portraits.
- Day & Son (active 1824-1855), Lithographic printers. Artist associated with 38 portraits.
- Roger Fenton (1819-1869), Photographer. Artist associated with 42 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- James Henry Lynch (active 1815-died 1868), Lithographer and painter. Artist associated with 44 portraits.
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