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Lord Byron

after George Sanders (Saunders)
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1860s (1808-1809)
4 1/8 in. x 2 1/2 in. (106 mm x 63 mm) overall
Given by Terence Pepper, 2014
Photographs Collection
NPG x197495

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