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Toussaint L'Ouverture

by John Barlow, published by James Cundee, after Marcus Rainsford
etching, published in An Historical Account of the Black Empire of Hayti, 1805
10 1/4 in. x 8 in. (259 mm x 204 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
Reference Collection
NPG D15719

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  • John Barlow (1759 or 1760-1810 or after), Etcher. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.
  • James Cundee (active 1799-1833). Artist or producer associated with 8 portraits.
  • Marcus Rainsford (circa 1750-1805 or after), British Army officer, author, artist. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.

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