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Sir William Petty
by and published by John Smith, after John Closterman Click on the links below to find out more
13 3/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. (350 mm x 260 mm) plate size; 14 1/8 in. x 10 5/8 in. (360 mm x 270 mm) paper size
- John Closterman (1660-1711). Artist associated with 59 portraits.
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
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