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Professional Portraitist

Two works by artist Henrietta Johnston, the first professional female portraitist in the English colonies, illustrate the fashions and values of the eighteenth-century colonies.

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The Casket Girls

This kind of trunk was provided to the poor, orphaned, and imprisoned French women who were shipped to colonial Louisiana to marry French settlers.

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Frontier Diplomacy

This engraving illustrates George Washington’s meeting with Seneca leader Queen Aliquippa, an important ally of the British during the French and Indian War.

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Evacuating the Colonies

This ledger records the biographical information about every enslaved or free Black person who evacuated New York with the British at the end of the war.

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