4 of 9 portraits of Robert Eglesfield
by John Faber Sr, after Unknown artist
10 1/4 in. x 7 3/4 in. (259 mm x 197 mm) plate size; 10 3/8 in. x 8 in. (263 mm x 202 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
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- Robert Eglesfield (circa 1295-1349), Founder of Queen's College, Oxford. Sitter in 9 portraits.
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