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Lucy Loftus (née Brydges), Viscountess Lisburne
published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Peter Lely Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1864
14 1/4 in. x 10 7/8 in. (362 mm x 277 mm) plate size; 15 3/4 in. x 12 3/8 in. (400 mm x 315 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 Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 842 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.
- NPG D31029: Lucy Loftus (née Brydges), Viscountess Lisburne (from same plate)
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