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Anne Cecil (née Cavendish), Countess of Exeter
published by Richard Tompson, after Sir Peter Lely Click on the links below to find out more
8 1/2 in. x 7 1/8 in. (216 mm x 180 mm) cut
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 842 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.
- Richard Tompson (died 1693), Publisher, printseller, auctioneer and dealer. Artist associated with 116 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
- NPG D1891: Anne Cecil (née Cavendish), Countess of Exeter (from same plate)
- NPG D13149: Anne Cecil (née Cavendish), Countess of Exeter (from same plate)
- NPG D19181: Anne Cecil (née Cavendish), Countess of Exeter (from same plate)
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Art and science
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