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Henry James Pye

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Henry James Pye

by Samuel James Arnold
oil on canvas, circa 1800
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
Given by Alfred O. Elmhirst, 1962
Primary Collection
NPG 4253

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  • Samuel James Arnold (1774-1852), Playwright, theatre manager and artist. Artist or producer associated with 4 portraits.

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