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Mary (née Kirke), Lady Vernon
published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Peter Lely Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1680-4
13 1/2 in. x 9 7/8 in. (343 mm x 251 mm) plate size; 16 7/8 in. x 10 7/8 in. (428 mm x 276 mm) paper size
- Alexander Browne (active 1659-died 1706), Artist, publisher, printseller, auctioneer and dealer. Artist associated with 149 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 841 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.
- NPG D11443: Mary (née Kirke), Lady Vernon (from same plate)
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