Charles Wightwick Finch, 8th Earl of Aylesford ('Men of the Day. No. 1085. "Charlie Aylesford"')

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Charles Wightwick Finch, 8th Earl of Aylesford ('Men of the Day. No. 1085. "Charlie Aylesford"')

by Roland L'Estrange ('Ao' and 'Armadillo')
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 23 September 1907
14 1/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (359 mm x 242 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D45399

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