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Edward Courtenay, Earl of Devon

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Edward Courtenay, Earl of Devon

after Pastorino de Pastorini
plaster cast of lead medal, 20th century, based on a work of circa 1556
2 1/4 in. (57 mm) diameter
Given by G.F. Hill, 1925
Primary Collection
NPG 2085a

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