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Robert Stephens McAll

by William Ward, published by Thomas Agnew, after John Bostock
mezzotint, published September 1837
20 3/8 in. x 15 1/2 in. (519 mm x 395 mm) plate size; 27 in. x 19 7/8 in. (686 mm x 505 mm) paper size
Given by Messrs Thomas Agnew, 1932
Reference Collection
NPG D38060

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  • Thomas Agnew (1794-1871), Art dealer. Artist associated with 59 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • John Bostock (1808-1872), Painter. Artist associated with 24 portraits.
  • William Ward (1766-1826), Engraver; father of William James Ward. Artist associated with 167 portraits.

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Graham McAll

01 April 2020, 13:39

Robert Stephens McAll, Congregationalist Minister, oldest son of Robert McAll (b1765) and Jane Ley (b1769 m1791). He married Sarah Whittaker (b1784 d1858) in 1815. Three children Sarah (b1817 d1817) Eliza Jane (b1818 d?1838) and Robert Whitaker (b1821d1893). Robert Whitaker became well known for the McAll Mission in France (today the Mission Populaire Evangelique de France). LS Lowry's father was Robert Stephens McAll Lowry and his mother Eliza. There is some uncertainty but perhaps Robert was LS Lowry's maternal grandfather.

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