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'Pope, Allen and Warburton at Prior Park'
by Richard James Lane, published by M & N Hanhart, after E. Kilvert Click on the links below to find out more
lithograph, published circa 1839-1865
4 7/8 in. x 6 3/8 in. (125 mm x 163 mm) paper size
Given by Austin Lane Poole, 1956
- Ralph Allen (1694-1763), Philanthropist; known as 'The Man of Bath'. Sitter associated with 5 portraits.
- Alexander Pope (1688-1744), Poet. Sitter associated with 44 portraits.
- William Warburton (1698-1779), Bishop of Gloucester, critic and writer. Sitter associated with 11 portraits.
- M & N Hanhart (active 1839-1882), Lithographic printers. Artist associated with 325 portraits.
- E. Kilvert. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
- Richard James Lane (1800-1872), Sculptor and lithographer. Artist associated with 1186 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
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