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Thomas Watson

by Frederick Hendrik van Hove, published by Arthur Bettesworth
line engraving, circa 1662
5 in. x 2 7/8 in. (128 mm x 72 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D42199

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

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  • Arthur Bettesworth (active 1690-died 1739), Bookseller and publisher. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.
  • Frederick Hendrik van Hove (circa 1628-1698), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 79 portraits.

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