102 of 102 portraits by John Russell
by Joseph Collyer the Younger, published by J. Smith, after John Russell
line engraving, published 1 January 1808 (1788)
12 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (328 mm x 252 mm) plate size; 13 1/2 in. x 10 1/2 in. (342 mm x 268 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
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- John Newton (1725-1807), Slave trader, clergyman and friend of the poet William Cowper. Sitter in 7 portraits.
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