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A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer.

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Andrew Jackson, president of the United States / painted by W.J. Hubard ; C.G. Childs Lithr.; drawn by A. Newsam, pupil to C.G. Childs.

Andrew Jackson, president of the United States / painted by W.J. Hubar...

Print shows Andrew Jackson, full-length portrait, sitting in a chair, facing front, with legs crossed and hands on lap.

Lady. Female portrait of American Civil War time by Mathew Brady.

Lady. Female portrait of American Civil War time by Mathew Brady.

Original Caption: Lady..U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 111-B-1597..From:: Series: Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes, (Record Group 111)..Photographer: Brady, Mathew,... More

Arrested Alfred Thompson, Mugshot photograph, England

Arrested Alfred Thompson, Mugshot photograph, England

Name: Alfred Thompson .Arrested for: Larceny.Arrested at: North Shields Police Station.Arrested on; 31st August 1902.Tyne and Wear Archives ref: DX1388-1-5-Alfred Thompson..These images are a selection from an ... More

[William Howard Taft, full-length portrait, standing, facing right, in a mason's garb]

[William Howard Taft, full-length portrait, standing, facing right, in...

Copyright Alex. Washn. Lodge #22, A.F.& A.M., Alexandria, Va.

[King Kelly, Chicago White Stockings, baseball card portrait]

[King Kelly, Chicago White Stockings, baseball card portrait]

Baseball card title devised by Library staff. Issued by: Goodwin & Company. "$10,000"- -caption on card. Forms part of: Baseball cards from the Benjamin K. Edwards Collection.

Man and child, lantern slide

Man and child, lantern slide

SFFf-1992078.0005..Description: The girl is probably Anna Øye, later married Nordang (1906-1997). The man holding her is Elling J. Øyehol (born 1841) from Heimste-Holen...Photographer: S. J. Beckett...www.fylke... More

Portrait of Koreshan Victor Bubbett - Estero

Portrait of Koreshan Victor Bubbett - Estero

Persistent URL: floridamemory.com/items/show/256451 ( http://floridamemory.com/items/show/256451 ) ..Local call number: KOR0712..Title: Portrait of Koreshan Victor Bubbett - Estero..Date: January 16, 1902..Phy... More

Couple, Autochrome Color Photograph

Couple, Autochrome Color Photograph

Accession Number: 1977:0083:0080..Maker: Mrs. Benjamin F. Russell..Title: Couple..Date: ca. 1910..Medium: color plate, screen (Autochrome) process..Dimensions: Image: 15.8 x 12.6 cm Overall: 17.9 x 12.6 cm..Ge... More

Leslie William Bushby

Leslie William Bushby

Date of Birth: 3.6.1881.Date of Enlistment: 4.7.1918.Trade or Calling: Salesman.Born in or near what Town: North Sydney.Address prior to Enlistment: 169 Allison Rd, Randwick.Rank, Number, Battalion, Distinction... More

A woman wearing a headdress

A woman wearing a headdress

Format: Hand painted lantern slides...Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication...Part Of: Powerhouse Museum Collection..General information about the Powerhouse Museum Collection is available at (... More

Untitled (Native American in buffalo headdress)

Untitled (Native American in buffalo headdress)

Artist: Richard Throssel.Artist Bio: American, 1882 - 1933.Creation Date: c. 1910.Process: gelatin silver print.Credit Line: Gift of Graham and Susan Nash.Accession Number: 2003.003.053

Ellis Island Immigrant Portraits

Ellis Island Immigrant Portraits

Hine, Lewis Wickes .Arbeidere portrettert under oppføringen av Empire State Building. New York. .NMFF.003710

Ida Fieldman March 1945

Ida Fieldman March 1945

Ida was a 2nd Lt. Army Nurse stationed in US. She took care of the men from overseas...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within th... More

[Hope Cooke, Queen of Sikkim, seated, three-quarter length portrait, facing left]

[Hope Cooke, Queen of Sikkim, seated, three-quarter length portrait, f...

Title devised by Library staff. Date from related slide: LC-KAN05-072. Slide used for the presentation: "A Tour of the Lost Kingdom: Sikkim" by Dr. Alice S. Kandell and Hope Cooke, Library of Congress, March 1... More

Bronze portrait head of a pharaoh

Bronze portrait head of a pharaoh

Portrait head of a pharaoh. Late Dynastic-Hellenistic

Roman Marble portrait of Livia

Roman Marble portrait of Livia

Early Imperial, Tiberian

Cameo glass with three portrait heads

Cameo glass with three portrait heads

Glass objects, Roman Empire.

Two marble portrait heads from a relief

Two marble portrait heads from a relief

Early Imperial, Augustan period

Glass portrait head of a woman

Glass portrait head of a woman

Glass objects, Roman Empire.

Roman Sardonyx ring stone

Roman Sardonyx ring stone

Portrait of a woman, perhaps Antonia, wife of Nero Drusus. Imperial

Terracotta lebes gamikos (jar associated with weddings) with lid

Terracotta lebes gamikos (jar associated with weddings) with lid

High handles, polychrome decoration with portrait head of a woman. Hellenistic

Roman Marble male portrait bust

Roman Marble male portrait bust

The fragmentary bust of a man in a paludamentum (military cloak) was later hollowed out for use as a gutter spout. Mid Imperial, Hadrianic

Bronze portrait bust of a boy

Bronze portrait bust of a boy

Portrait bust of a boy. Hellenistic or Imperial

Marble portrait head of the philosopher Chrysippos

Marble portrait head of the philosopher Chrysippos

Copy of a Greek statue of the 3rd or 2nd century B.C.

Roman Statue portrait of Sappho?

Roman Statue portrait of Sappho?

Accession Number: 42.201.12 Imperial

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