39 of 89 portraits by Francis Cotes
by and published by James Watson, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published circa 1765 (1763)
13 in. x 9 in. (330 mm x 228 mm) plate size; 13 1/4 in. x 9 1/4 in. (335 mm x 235 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
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