2 of 4 portraits by François Vivares
by and published by François Vivares, and by James Caldwall
line engraving, published 4 April 1776
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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- François Vivares (1709-1782), Landscape-engraver. Sitter in 3 portraits, Artist associated with 4 portraits.
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