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Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford
sold by Alexander Browne, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1680-1684 (1636)
13 1/4 in. x 9 7/8 in. (337 mm x 250 mm) plate size; 14 7/8 in. x 11 1/4 in. (377 mm x 285 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries, 1984
- Alexander Browne (active 1659-died 1706), Artist, publisher, printseller, auctioneer and dealer. Artist associated with 149 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641), Painter. Artist associated with 1017 portraits, Sitter associated with 31 portraits.
- NPG D6873: Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford (from same plate)
- NPG D13682: Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford (from same plate)
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