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Thomas Watson

21 of 79 portraits by Frederick Hendrik van Hove

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Thomas Watson

by Frederick Hendrik van Hove
line engraving, published 1662
5 in. x 2 7/8 in. (126 mm x 73 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D29709

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  • Thomas Watson (circa 1620-1686), Puritan divine. Sitter associated with 9 portraits.

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