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Toussaint L'Ouverture

by François Bonneville, after Unknown artist
etching and aquatint, early 19th century
8 1/2 in. x 5 1/4 in. (216 mm x 133 mm) plate size; 11 3/4 in. x 8 1/4 in. (298 mm x 210 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
Reference Collection
NPG D8212

On display in Room 10 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery

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  • François Bonneville (active 1787-1802), Painter and draughtsman. Artist or producer associated with 12 portraits.
  • Unknown artist, Artist. Artist or producer associated with 6583 portraits.

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