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Historical and Public Figures: A General Portrait File to the 1920s

Over 30,00 portraits of a wide-range of public figures, including political, religious, cultural, literary and artistic personalities, with an emphasis on the 16th through the 19th-centuries. Includes some original prints, but is principally printed pictures.

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John Adams, from the original portrait by Gilbert Stuart. Digital ID: 494222 John Adams, from the original portrait by Gilbert Stuart. Digital ID: 494222

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