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Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington
after Sir Peter Lely Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 1679
11 3/8 in. x 7 1/4 in. (288 mm x 183 mm) plate size; 12 7/8 in. x 8 3/8 in. (328 mm x 212 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 842 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.
- NPG D16720: Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington (from same plate)
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