1 of 4 portraits of Robert Lowth
by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, after Robert Edge Pine
line engraving, published 25 October 1777 (circa 1777)
17 3/4 in. x 13 3/8 in. (451 mm x 340 mm) plate size; 19 in. x 14 5/8 in. (484 mm x 370 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
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- Robert Lowth (1710-1787), Biblical critic and Bishop of London. Sitter in 4 portraits.
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