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Portrait photography, or portraiture, is a type of photography aimed toward capturing the personality of a person or group of people by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses. A portrait photograph may be artistic or clinical. Frequently, portraits are commissioned for special occasions, such as weddings, school events, or commercial purposes. Portraits can serve many purposes, ranging from usage on a personal web site to display in the lobby of a business.

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Lady

Lady

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

[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.

Coronation 1965, the King & Queen

Coronation 1965, the King & Queen

Photograph shows the newly-crowned King Palden Thondup Namgyal and Queen Hope Cooke walking in procession, Gangtok, Sikkim. Title from item. Slide used for the presentation: "A Tour of the Lost Kingdom: Sikkim"... more

HM the Gyalmo, HH Prince Palden, HH Princess Hope

HM the Gyalmo, HH Prince Palden, HH Princess Hope

Photograph shows Queen Hope Cooke with her children, Prince Palden and Princess Hope Leezum, Gangtok, Sikkim.

Ellis Island Immigrant Portraits

Ellis Island Immigrant Portraits

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

Queen Hope on throne at coronation

Queen Hope on throne at coronation

Title from item. Date from information on related slide: LC-KAN 0124. Slide used for the presentation: "A Tour of the Lost Kingdom: Sikkim" by Dr. Alice S. Kandell and Hope Cooke, Library of Congress, March 13... more

Coronation 1965, Queen accepts traditional white scarf

Coronation 1965, Queen accepts traditional white scarf

Title from item. Slide used for the presentation: "A Tour of the Lost Kingdom: Sikkim" by Dr. Alice S. Kandell and Hope Cooke, Library of Congress, March 13, 2010. Webcast available at: http://www.loc.gov/tod... more

[King and Queen of Sikkim and their daughter Hope Leezum watch birthday celebrations, Gangtok, Sikkim]

[King and Queen of Sikkim and their daughter Hope Leezum watch birthda...

Title devised by Library staff. Date from information for related slide: LC-KAN05-69. Slide used for the presentation: "A Tour of the Lost Kingdom: Sikkim" by Dr. Alice S. Kandell and Hope Cooke, Library of Co... more

Sikkimese princess in ceremonial dress

Sikkimese princess in ceremonial dress

Photograph shows Princess Suang La, half-length portrait, seated facing front, wearing headress and necklace, Sikkim. Title from item. Label in color reference copye slide page: "Coronation, people at the Palac... more

Princess Hope & Queen Hope in the palace, Sikkim

Princess Hope & Queen Hope in the palace, Sikkim

Date from information on related slide: LC-KAN05-0072. Title from item. Forms part of: Dr. Alice S. Kandell Collection of Sikkim Photographs (Library of Congress). Also represented in LOT 14034-2, pg. no. 027 ... more

King of Sikkim

King of Sikkim

Photograph shows Palden Thondup Namgyal, King of Sikkim, receiving white scarves as a sign of purity and an open heart on his birthday, from a Bhotia man, Gangtok, Sikkim.

King of Sikkim receives scarves, Sikkim

King of Sikkim receives scarves, Sikkim

Photograph shows Palden Thondup Namgyal, King of Sikkim, receiving white scarves as a sign of purity and an open heart on his birthday, from a Lepcha man, Gangtok, Sikkim.

[Palden Thondup Namgyal, King of Sikkim, and Hope Cooke, Queen of Sikkim, in brocaded dress, walking to the Tsuklakhang Main Temple (Palace Temple) during the King's birthday celebration, Gangtok, Sikkim]

[Palden Thondup Namgyal, King of Sikkim, and Hope Cooke, Queen of Sikk...

Title devised by Library staff. Date from information for related slide: LC-KAN05-69. Slide used for the presentation: "A Tour of the Lost Kingdom: Sikkim" by Dr. Alice S. Kandell and Hope Cooke, Library of Co... 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

POSTSERTIFIKAT 1779 PÅ SÅSTAD, POSTFØRERSERTIFIKAT

POSTSERTIFIKAT 1779 PÅ SÅSTAD, POSTFØRERSERTIFIKAT

Collection archive for Stange municipality, Norway. The archive includes Normann Helger's collection. Most of this archive is repro after borrowing of originals. But there are also a good many photographs that ... more

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Portrait d'Alexandre Davy de La Pailleterie dit Dumas père (1802-1870), écrivain.

Portrait d'Alexandre Davy de La Pailleterie dit Dumas père (1802-1870)...

Inscription concernant le modèle - Au verso de l'image en haut au centre, inscription au crayon : "Alexandre Dumas père". Portrait d'Alexandre Davy de La Pailleterie dit Dumas père (1802-1870), écrivain, debout... more

A few small temples still retain their lines of classic beauty. With the recollection of Greece's ancient glory one may spend pleasant hours in the Acropolis The prime minister, Colonel Gonatas of the Revolutionary Government tells Mr. Carpenter what fun it is to boss generals about when only a colonel

A few small temples still retain their lines of classic beauty. With t...

Photographs show ruins of the Acropolis and Frank Carpenter with the Prime Minister of Greece, Colonel Stylianos Gonatas, Athens, Greece. Title from item. Negative series code stamped on page: LC-C26. Written ... more

Porträtt av Pehr Adam Claes Raab, fänrik vid Andra livgardet I 2.

Porträtt av Pehr Adam Claes Raab, fänrik vid Andra livgardet I 2.

Porträtt av Pehr Adam Claes Raab, fänrik vid Andra livgardet I 2.

NFB.11087

NFB.11087

NFB.11087

Porträtt av Carl Ludvig von Rothstein, löjtnant vid Andra livgardet I 2.

Porträtt av Carl Ludvig von Rothstein, löjtnant vid Andra livgardet I ...

Porträtt av Carl Ludvig von Rothstein, löjtnant vid Andra livgardet I 2.

Porträtt av Johan Vilhelm von Stahl, fanjunkare vid Andra livgardet I 2.

Porträtt av Johan Vilhelm von Stahl, fanjunkare vid Andra livgardet I ...

Porträtt av Johan Vilhelm von Stahl, fanjunkare vid Andra livgardet I 2.

NAVNEPLATE: ANNE NIELSDATTER, FØDT DEN 23. JUNI 1819

NAVNEPLATE: ANNE NIELSDATTER, FØDT DEN 23. JUNI 1819

Collection archive for Stange municipality, Norway. The archive includes Normann Helger's collection. Most of this archive is repro after borrowing of originals. But there are also a good many photographs that ... more

A mon ami et collaborateur Edouard Plouvier - Théodore Barrière.

A mon ami et collaborateur Edouard Plouvier - Théodore Barrière.

Portrait de Théodore Barrière (1823-1877), auteur dramatique. (Artificial title) Inscription - Au recto d'un carton en bas au centre, de la main du modèle, à la plume et à l'encre brune : "à mon ami et collabor... more

Porträtt av Gustaf Eric Skjöldebrand, kapten vid Andra livgardet I 2.

Porträtt av Gustaf Eric Skjöldebrand, kapten vid Andra livgardet I 2.

Porträtt av Gustaf Eric Skjöldebrand, kapten vid Andra livgardet I 2.

Martha Jefferson Randolph, daughter of Thomas Jefferson

Martha Jefferson Randolph, daughter of Thomas Jefferson

Photograph showing Martha Randolph, head and shoulder portrait, facing left. Title from item. Portrait by Thomas Sully.

Portrait de Sir Samuel White Backer (1821-1893), (explorateur anglais)

Portrait de Sir Samuel White Backer (1821-1893), (explorateur anglais)

Portrait carte de visite. Photo contrecollée sur carton Inscription - Inscription au verso Portrait de Sir Samuel White Backer (1821-1893), (explorateur anglais)

Portrait de Dumestre ( -1894 ?), (chanteur lyrique à l'Opéra)

Portrait de Dumestre ( -1894 ?), (chanteur lyrique à l'Opéra)

Portrait carte de visite. Photo contrecollée sur carton Inscription - Inscription au verso Portrait de Dumestre ( -1894 ?), (chanteur lyrique à l'Opéra)

Greve Adolf von Rosen. Miniatyrmålning gjord i "Vicarage House", Kingston, London.

Greve Adolf von Rosen. Miniatyrmålning gjord i "Vicarage House", Kings...

Greve Adolf von Rosen. Miniatyrmålning gjord i "Vicarage House", Kingston, London.

Jared Sparks

Jared Sparks

Jared Sparks (1789-1866) was a master of the Lancaster Academy for one term, starting in the autumn of 1818. He later became president of Harvard University, serving in that capacity from 1849 to 1853. Earlier ... more

Porträtt av Carl August Gyldenstolpe, kapten vid Andra livgardet I 2.

Porträtt av Carl August Gyldenstolpe, kapten vid Andra livgardet I 2.

Porträtt av Carl August Gyldenstolpe, kapten vid Andra livgardet I 2.

Portrait d'Etienne Ornal (1794-1872), (comique)

Portrait d'Etienne Ornal (1794-1872), (comique)

Portrait carte de visite. Photo contrecollée sur carton Inscription - Inscription au verso Portrait d'Etienne Ornal (1794-1872), (comique)

Karr (Alphonse) écrivain français (1808-1890).

Karr (Alphonse) écrivain français (1808-1890).

Cette image appartient à un album (CARPH009464) constitué de 70 photographies, de CARPH009464/1 à CARPH009464/70. Signature - Au recto du montage, en bas à droite, à l'encre brune signature : "Pierre Petit". \ ... more

Porträtt av Adolf Ulric Schützercrantz, kapten vid Andra livgardet I 2.

Porträtt av Adolf Ulric Schützercrantz, kapten vid Andra livgardet I 2...

Porträtt av Adolf Ulric Schützercrantz, kapten vid Andra livgardet I 2.

Portrait d'une jeune femme.

Portrait d'une jeune femme.

Pas d'inscription au verso Portrait d'une femme en buste, de face, visage de trois-quart gauche, haut d'une robe de velours, boutonnée, noeud en ruban, col en dentelle. Coiffure avec des cheveux lâchés. Manches... more

Porträtt av Rabbe Fabian Gustaf Wrede, löjtnant vid Andra livgardet I 2.

Porträtt av Rabbe Fabian Gustaf Wrede, löjtnant vid Andra livgardet I ...

Porträtt av Rabbe Fabian Gustaf Wrede, löjtnant vid Andra livgardet I 2.

Daguerreotyp. Kvinnan på bilder är: Louise Charlotte Fredika Bülow, f. 21/4 1814 d. 19/3 1855, gift med Abraham Simmons. George James född på S:t Thomas 27/5 1839 d 31/8 1919 i Malmö. Oscar f. 2/2 1841 d. 1/4 1886, gift med Maria (Misse) Chatrine ? f. 7/3 1841 d. 2/4 1916 under besök hos Edv. Sjögrens. Charles Ludvig Fredrik f. 16/3 1844-.

Daguerreotyp. Kvinnan på bilder är: Louise Charlotte Fredika Bülow, f....

Daguerreotyp. Kvinnan på bilder är: Louise Charlotte Fredika Bülow, f. 21/4 1814 d. 19/3 1855, gift med Abraham Simmons. George James född på S:t Thomas 27/5 1839 d 31/8 1919 i Malmö. Oscar f. 2/2 1841 d. 1/4 1... more

Porträtt av Fredrik August Sterky, underlöjtnant vid Andra livgardet I 2.

Porträtt av Fredrik August Sterky, underlöjtnant vid Andra livgardet I...

Porträtt av Fredrik August Sterky, underlöjtnant vid Andra livgardet I 2.

En kvinna med en baby på ryggen

En kvinna med en baby på ryggen

En kvinna med en baby på ryggen

Maurice Sand (Reproduction)

Maurice Sand (Reproduction)

Reproduction d'un dessin de Maurice Sand enfant, conservé au musée de la Vie Romantique. Inscription - b. g. : "Paris, 1837" Inscription - b. d. : "L.Calamatta à Mme G. Sand" Portrait de Maurice Sand enfant, en... more

Photographie d'un dessin de Léonard de Vinci

Photographie d'un dessin de Léonard de Vinci

Inscription - Au recto du montage, en bas au centre : "LEONARD DE VINCI / Provenant de la célèbre collection Woodburn de Londres" \ Impression Inscription concernant l'auteur - Au recto du montage, en bas au ce... more

[Unidentified portrait of a man, facing front]

[Unidentified portrait of a man, facing front]

The date of the image is based on the plate's lack of gold toning. Case: Plain leather grain. Attributed to William G. Mason. Paper label adhered to cover glass: "49." Labels on case: "65," "36." Purchase; Mari... more

Porträtt av Gustaf af Nodrin, överste vid Generalsatben.

Porträtt av Gustaf af Nodrin, överste vid Generalsatben.

Porträtt av Gustaf af Nodrin, överste vid Generalsatben.

Daguerreotyp. Porträtt av C. Abraham Broling, verksam vid Riksbanken & sedeltryckeri på 1830-talet. Plåten märkt med "NB".

Daguerreotyp. Porträtt av C. Abraham Broling, verksam vid Riksbanken &...

Daguerreotyp. Porträtt av C. Abraham Broling, verksam vid Riksbanken & sedeltryckeri på 1830-talet. Plåten märkt med "NB".

Daguerreotyp. Kolorerat porträtt av ung dam i förgylld ram.

Daguerreotyp. Kolorerat porträtt av ung dam i förgylld ram.

Daguerreotyp. Kolorerat porträtt av ung dam i förgylld ram.

[James Duncan, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left]

[James Duncan, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left]

Colonel, U.S. Army. Photographer unidentified. Identification based on DAG no. 328. Transfer; Manuscript Division; 1993; (DLC/PP-1993:136). Forms part of: Henry Jackson Hunt Papers, 1841-1978 (Library of Congre... more

[Emlen Cresson, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]

[Emlen Cresson, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]

Printed on yellow paper label pasted to the paper seal: Daguerreotype miniatures, by R. Cornelius, Eighth Street, above Chesnut [sic], Philadelphia. Written on paper seal: E. Cresson, May 30th, 1840. In cast b... more

[Unidentified man, friend of Clara Barton, head-and-shoulders portrait, full face]

[Unidentified man, friend of Clara Barton, head-and-shoulders portrait...

Photographer unidentified. Case: variant of Rinhart 123. Accompanying label: Unidentified friend of C.B. Accompanying lock of hair. Was part of LOT 8492. Transfer; Manuscript Division; 1959. Forms part of: Clar... more

Lucy Stone, head-and-shoulders portrait of a woman, facing front

Lucy Stone, head-and-shoulders portrait of a woman, facing front

Photographer unidentified. Case: floral motif. Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Visual materials from the Blackwell family papers. Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Tr... more

[Mr. Miller, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]

[Mr. Miller, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]

Photographer unidentified. Hallmark: [illegible]. Case: Krainik 277. Accompanying note: Father and mother of Watts Todd Miller, husband of Olive Thorne Miller (Harriet Mann Miller). Housed with DAG no. 1228. Tr... more

[Isaiah Lukens, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left]

[Isaiah Lukens, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left]

Brass mat stamped: R. Cornelius, Philada. fecit. Case: green embossed leather; pressure sensitive label on case "#2." Robert Cornelius: Portraits from the dawn of photography / Stapp. Smithsonian Institution Pr... more

[Group portrait of an unidentified boy and girl, three-quarter length, seated on upholstered bench, facing front, holding books]

[Group portrait of an unidentified boy and girl, three-quarter length,...

Photographer unidentified. Hallmark: Rinhart 46. Case: metal case with leather insert, variant of Rinhart 90, Source unknown. Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress).

[Isaiah Lukens, half-length portrait, facing front]

[Isaiah Lukens, half-length portrait, facing front]

Possibly by Paul Beck Goddard. Case: variant of Rinhart 271; pressure sensitive label on case "162." Resealed W.F. Stapp, NPG/Smithsonian 8/5/83. Purchase; Marian S. Carson; 1996; (DLC/PP-1996:087.24). Forms pa... more

[Unidentified woman, half-length portrait, seated, facing front]

[Unidentified woman, half-length portrait, seated, facing front]

Photographer unidentified. Case: front made by LC conservation office; back variant of Rinhart 131. Source unknown. Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress).

John Arsenius, född 1818. Officer vid K3 1838-1868. Känd konstnär, framför allt hästmålningar. Söner:  Georg -- Konstnär. Sam -- Officer, fältjägare. Personer: Stedt, Schildt, Söderling, Walstin

John Arsenius, född 1818. Officer vid K3 1838-1868. Känd konstnär, fra...

John Arsenius, född 1818. Officer vid K3 1838-1868. Känd konstnär, framför allt hästmålningar. Söner: Georg -- Konstnär. Sam -- Officer, fältjägare. Personer: Stedt, Schildt, Söderling, Walstin

Portrait de Jules Columbia et de sa fille Marie Columbia

Portrait de Jules Columbia et de sa fille Marie Columbia

Portrait de Jules Columbia et de sa fille Marie Columbia (morte en 1844), homme, bébé, enfant.

"Hornblåsare". Ung soldat med packning och instrument. Blyertsteckning av Fritz von Dardel.

"Hornblåsare". Ung soldat med packning och instrument. Blyertsteckning...

"Hornblåsare". Ung soldat med packning och instrument. Blyertsteckning av Fritz von Dardel.

[Unidentified man, possibly Lyman Fiske, head-and-shoulders portrait, full face]

[Unidentified man, possibly Lyman Fiske, head-and-shoulders portrait, ...

Photographer unidentified. Case: double case, mixed flowers variant. In same case with DAG no. 1068. Accompanying note: Jane & Lyman Fiske, mother and father of Harrison Grey Fiske. Transfer; Manuscript Divisio... more

[Walt Whitman, Sr., head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right, in oval]

[Walt Whitman, Sr., head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right, in oval...

Feinberg-Whitman Collection (Library of Congress).

[Joannette Clark Benjamin, three-quarter length portrait of a woman, facing front, seated]

[Joannette Clark Benjamin, three-quarter length portrait of a woman, f...

Possibly maternal grandmother of photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston. Photographer unidentified. Case: Rinhart 133. Gift; Frances Benjamin Johnston. Forms part of: Frances Benjamin Johnston collection (Libra... more

[Unidentified man, half-length portrait, facing front]

[Unidentified man, half-length portrait, facing front]

Case: front - Rinhart 257; back - Rinhart 131 variant. Purchase; Anthony Barboza; 1999; (DLC/PP-1999:022). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress).

[John McAllister, Jr., head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]

[John McAllister, Jr., head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]

Printed on yellow paper label pasted to the paper seal: Daguerreotype miniatures, by R. Cornelius, Eighth Street, above Chesnut [sic], Philadelphia. Written on paper seal: J. McAllister, Jr., May 6th, 1840. In... more

Undervisningsmaterial. Exempel på äldre fotografiska förfaranden. Daguerreotyp. Porträtt av okänd man. Tidigt 1840-tal. Porträttet är troligen taget utomhus av kringresande fotograf.

Undervisningsmaterial. Exempel på äldre fotografiska förfaranden. Dagu...

Undervisningsmaterial. Exempel på äldre fotografiska förfaranden. Daguerreotyp. Porträtt av okänd man. Tidigt 1840-tal. Porträttet är troligen taget utomhus av kringresande fotograf.

[William Robertson Grant, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right]

[William Robertson Grant, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right]

Printed on yellow paper label pasted to the paper seal: Daguerreotype miniatures, by R. Cornelius, Eighth Street, above Chesnut [sic], Philadelphia. Written on paper seal: Dr. Grant, 1840. Labels on cover glas... more

Rev. Charles Packard

Rev. Charles Packard

This is Rev. Charles Packard, who was the first minister of the Evangelical Congregational Church in Lancaster Center. Also trained as a lawyer, he served the congregation from 1840 to 1854. Considerations rega... more

Francis O. Watts Jr. Died at 16 yrs

Francis O. Watts Jr. Died at 16 yrs

Photograph shows portrait of Francis O. Watts, Jr., at approximately 10 to 12 years old. Title from item. Case: Rinhart; no. 219. Gift; of Francis Lincoln Lee Family; 2015; (DLC/PP-2015:052.644). Forms part of:... more

[Lucy Stone, half-length portrait of a woman, seated, facing front]

[Lucy Stone, half-length portrait of a woman, seated, facing front]

Photographer unidentified. Case: bouquet of flowers. Forms part of: Visual materials from the Blackwell family papers. Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Transfer; LC Manuscript Divi... more

[Unidentified woman, three-quarter length portrait, facing front, seated before a painted backdrop with column]

[Unidentified woman, three-quarter length portrait, facing front, seat...

Photographer unidentified. Hallmark: [asterisk]. Case: back only, Rinhart 163. Source unknown. Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress).

[William Pinkney Rodgers, half-length portrait, seated, with blue scarf, holding hat]

[William Pinkney Rodgers, half-length portrait, seated, with blue scar...

Photographer unidentified. Hallmark: Rinhart 46. Case: variant of Rinhart 125. Label on back of case: William Pinkney Rodgers, 1821-1893. Gift; Mrs. Alexander Macomb; 1976; (DLC/PP-1976:307). Forms part of: Rod... more

[Unidentified man with cat, three-quarter length portrait, full face, seated]

[Unidentified man with cat, three-quarter length portrait, full face, ...

Photographer unidentified. Case: front, Rinhart 66; back, urn with leaves. Purchase; 1967; (DLC/PP-1967:040). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Exhibited: American Treasures of the ... more

[Clark sisters, five women, three-quarter length portraits, all facing front]

[Clark sisters, five women, three-quarter length portraits, all facing...

Grandmother and aunts of photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston. Photographer unidentified. Hallmark: 40. Case: Rinhart 63. Accompanying note in case on stationery of the Arts Club of Washington, in handwriting... more

"Finns här några byxor som passar mig?"Carl Gustaf Ridderstolpe.Akvarell av Fritz von Dardel.

"Finns här några byxor som passar mig?"Carl Gustaf Ridderstolpe.Akvare...

"Finns här några byxor som passar mig?"Carl Gustaf Ridderstolpe.Akvarell av Fritz von Dardel.

[Joseph Jenkins Roberts, head-and-shoulders portrait, slightly to right]

[Joseph Jenkins Roberts, head-and-shoulders portrait, slightly to righ...

President of Liberia. Was part of LOT 8554. Case: central diamond surrounded by leaves. Stamped on brass mat: McCartey. Transfer; Manuscript Division. Forms part of: American Colonization Society Records, 1792-... more

[Unidentified man, possibly John Bannister Gibson, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]

[Unidentified man, possibly John Bannister Gibson, head-and-shoulders ...

Case: front - Berg 44-55G; back - bouquet of mixed flowers. Label on case: 37. Purchase; Marian S. Carson; 1998; (DLC/PP-1998:151.13). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Forms part o... more