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‘”1812: A Nation Emerges,” a bicentennial exhibition organized by the National Portrait Gallery, commemorates a crucial moment in American history.

Through the gathering of stunning portraits by masters such as Gilbert Stuart, and unique objects such as a red velvet dress that belonged to Dolley Madison and the Treaty of Ghent that ended the war, “1812” presents a spectacular history of the conflict and its effects through the lives of extraordinary people.

The war of 1812 may have been a small war, but it had great consequences for our nation.’

Rare Books’ Karl Bodmer Aquatint Hangs in the National Portrait Gallery Exhibition