4 of 10 portraits of John Abernethy
published by Henry Palser, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
11 7/8 in. x 9 in. (303 mm x 228 mm) plate size; 13 1/8 in. x 9 5/8 in. (334 mm x 244 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
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