© National Portrait Gallery, London
John Liston and an unknown man
by Augustin Edouart
silhouette, September 1826 14 in. x 10 1/4 in. (355 mm x 259 mm) Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966 Reference Collection NPG D403
John Liston (1776?-1846), Comedian and actor. Sitter associated with 16 portraits. NPG D404: Mr Stawell; Colonel Jones and an unknown man (reverse)
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Art and science
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