4 of 5 portraits of James Foster
by Peter van Bleeck, published by John Bowles, after James Wills
mezzotint, circa 1750-1775
14 in. x 9 7/8 in. (355 mm x 252 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
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