Louis Mountbatten, Earl Mountbatten of Burma

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Louis Mountbatten, Earl Mountbatten of Burma

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 16 June 1977
15 3/8 in. x 15 5/8 in. (389 mm x 397 mm)
Given by The Bern Schwartz Family Foundation, 2007
Primary Collection
NPG P1218

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