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Henry Aldrich

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Henry Aldrich

by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1699 (1696)
13 5/8 in. x 10 1/8 in. (345 mm x 257 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
Reference Collection
NPG D19140

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  • Henry Aldrich (1647-1710), Dean of Christ Church. Sitter in 6 portraits.

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  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1683 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
  • John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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