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Presidential Portraiture: Looking and Analyzing Questions

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A topical collection of United States presidential portraits. This collection might be best shortened to introduce a specific historical era and the leader(s) of the time, or adapted to show how American leaders wanted to be perceived during their tenure and legacy and how artists depicted them. It includes the National Portrait Gallery's "Reading" Portraiture at a Glance sheet, which offers suggested looking and analyzing questions. It is also includes associated curator and educator talks on the portraits of the presidents, where possible.

People's Choice Twelfth President

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George Washington

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John Adams

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Thomas Jefferson

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James Madison

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John Quincy Adams

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Andrew Jackson

National Portrait Gallery

Martin Van Buren, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

William Henry Harrison

National Portrait Gallery

John Tyler

National Portrait Gallery

James K. Polk

Catalog of American Portraits

Zachary Taylor

National Portrait Gallery

Millard Fillmore

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Franklin Pierce

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James Buchanan

National Portrait Gallery

Abraham Lincoln

National Portrait Gallery

The Peacemakers, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

James Monroe

National Portrait Gallery

Andrew Johnson

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Ulysses S. Grant

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Rutherford B. Hayes

Catalog of American Portraits

James Garfield

National Portrait Gallery

Chester A. Arthur

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Grover Cleveland

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William McKinley

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Theodore Roosevelt

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William Howard Taft

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Woodrow Wilson

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Warren G. Harding

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Calvin Coolidge

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Herbert Hoover

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

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FDR, Portrait in a Minute

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Harry S Truman

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Dwight D. Eisenhower

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John F. Kennedy

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Elaine de Kooning's JFK

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Lyndon B. Johnson

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Lyndon Johnson, Portrait in a Minute

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Richard Nixon

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Richard Nixon, Portrait in a Minute

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Gerald Ford

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Jimmy Carter

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Ronald Reagan

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George Bush

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Bill Clinton (3/4 view)

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George W. Bush

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Barack Obama

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