Lewis Portrait Collection

The large scope of The Lewis Portrait Collection makes it one of our most important special collections. It's also among the earliest to be received by the library. Established by John Frederick Lewis in 1928, it contains more than 200,000 portrait prints in all media. Among these prints are numerous works of art by such artists as Van Dyck, Nanteuil and Holbein. Highlights include a photograph of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt attending their son Elliott's wedding in Bryn Mawr in 1932, an engraving of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette, and dozens of engraved portraits of Benjamin Franklin.

Featured Item

You can view an original portrait drawing of author Victoria Sackville-West by W.G. Krieghoff, created to accompany a book review in a New York City publication, circa 1925.

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