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Francis Elizabeth Acton ('Mrs Acton')
by John Grove Spurgeon, after Sir William Beechey Click on the links below to find out more
etching, circa 1803
13 7/8 in. x 9 3/4 in. (352 mm x 249 mm) plate size; 17 3/4 in. x 11 5/8 in. (452 mm x 295 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Francis Elizabeth Acton (1784-1879), Wife of Edward Acton Acton; daughter of John Grove Spurgeon. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Sir William Beechey (1753-1839), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 250 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- John Grove Spurgeon (1746 or 1747-1829), Rector of Clopton and Oulton; magistrate; etcher. Artist associated with 2 portraits.
- NPG D18443: Francis Elizabeth Acton ('Mrs Acton') (from same plate)
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Erasmus Darwin's Temple of Nature
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