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Whitehurst Oval portrait of William H. Seward by Whitehurst [salt print] [1858 ca.]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0308 Author/Creator: Whitehurst Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photograph Date: 1858 ca. Pagination: 1 photograph 13.3 x 19.1 cm

Shows a slightly younger and less "craggy" Seward than people are used to. There is some loss of image (esp. in the hair) from artist's halo effect.

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