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Roger Palmer, Earl of Castlemaine

by Ignatius Joseph van den Berghe, after William Faithorne
stipple engraving, early 19th century
7 1/4 in. x 5 3/4 in. (185 mm x 147 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D30873

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