© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Rodrigo Moynihan
oil on canvas, 1977-1978
32 in. x 25 1/8 in. (813 mm x 638 mm)
Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 1978
- Rodrigo Moynihan (1910-1990), Painter. Artist associated with 8 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
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