20 of 33 portraits by Thomas Bowles Jr
by and sold by John Faber Jr, sold by Thomas Bowles Jr, sold by John Bowles, after John Ellys
13 7/8 in. x 9 3/4 in. (352 mm x 249 mm) plate size; 14 1/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. (363 mm x 259 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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- Henry Medley (1687-1747), Vice-admiral and Commodore Governor of Newfoundland. Sitter in 3 portraits.
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- John Bowles (1701?-1779), Printseller and publisher. Artist associated with 116 portraits.
- Thomas Bowles Jr (1689 or 1690?-1767), Printseller and publisher. Artist associated with 36 portraits.
- John Ellys (1701-1757), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 26 portraits.
- John Faber Jr (circa 1695-1756), Engraver and portrait and miniature painter. Artist associated with 816 portraits.
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