© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Charles Holroyd
by Alphonse Legros Click on the links below to find out more
etching, circa 1889
11 in. x 7 in. (278 mm x 179 mm) plate size; 13 7/8 in. x 11 3/8 in. (352 mm x 290 mm) paper size
- Sir Charles Holroyd (1861-1917), Painter and Director of the National Gallery. Sitter in 5 portraits, Artist of 3 portraits.
- Alphonse Legros (1837-1911), Painter, sculptor and etcher. Artist associated with 10 portraits, Sitter in 30 portraits.
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