© National Portrait Gallery, London
Alexander L. Johnston
by Daniel John Pound, after George Chinnery Click on the links below to find out more
mixed-method engraving, mid 19th century
20 3/4 in. x 14 1/2 in. (527 mm x 368 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- George Chinnery (1774-1852), Painter. Artist associated with 14 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Daniel John Pound (active 1842-1877), Engraver. Artist associated with 92 portraits.
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Art and science
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