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Colonial America

  • Landing of the First Settlers in...

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    Landing of the First Settlers in Plymouth

    1802

    Unidentified artist, American, 19th century

    Dimensions

    Sight: 41.3 x 54.6cm (16 1/4 x 21 1/2 in.) Framed: 52.1 x 65.4 cm (20 1/2 x 25 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    67.975

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  • History of the Indian Tribes of...

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    History of the Indian Tribes of North America: Tens-Kwau-Ta-Waw. The Prophet.

    1838

    Alfred M. Hoffy, American, 1790–1860

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 45.5 x 35.5 cm (17 15/16 x 14 in.)

    Medium

    Lithograph, hand-colored

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    M19875

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  • History of the Indian Tribes of...

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    History of the Indian Tribes of North America: Chono Ca Pe. An Ottoe Chief.

    1838

    Alfred M. Hoffy, American, 1790–1860

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 45.5 x 35.3 cm (17 15/16 x 13 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Lithograph, hand-colored

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    M19872

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    James Gallery (Gothic Revival, Church, Cole) - 236 More Info

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  • Milford, North Wales, Pennsylvania

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    Milford, North Wales, Pennsylvania

    1833

    Thomas Birch, American (born in England), 1779–1851

    Dimensions

    56.83 x 72.39 cm (22 3/8 x 28 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    47.1207

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    Americas More Info

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  • The High Dutch and English Gazette

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    Die Hoch Teutsche und Englische Zeitung = The High-Dutch and English Gazette.

    1752

    Benjamin Franklin, American, 1706–1790

    Dimensions

    Height x length: 33.5 x 21.5 cm (13 3/16 x 8 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Letterpress

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    39.280a-b

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  • Phiadelphischer Wiedershall

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    Philadelphischer Wiederschall des hertzlichen Wunsches der evangelischen Brüder in Teutschland: welche die Verfertigung des vortreflichen Orgel-Werckes für die Evangelische St. Michaelis Kirche in Philadelphia veranstaltet und befördert, so dieselbige bey

    1751

    Benjamin Franklin, American, 1706–1790

    Dimensions

    Height x length: 33 x 22 cm (13 x 8 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Letterpress

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    39.281

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  • Delaware River Front, Philadelphia

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    Delaware River Front, Philadelphia

    1794–1851

    Thomas Birch, American (born in England), 1779–1851

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 25.7 x 35.2 cm (10 1/8 x 13 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Watercolor on paper (paper squared in graphite)

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    61.260

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  • Second Street from Market Street,...

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    Second Street from Market Street, with Christ Church, Philadelphia

    William Russell Birch, American (born in England), 1755–1834

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    K790

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  • Benjamin Franklin, L.L.D., F.R.S.

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    Benjamin Franklin, L.L.D., F.R.S.

    Edward Fisher, English (Ireland), 1722–1785

    Medium

    Mezzotint

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    39.253

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  • Benjamin Franklin

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    Benjamin Franklin

    1793

    Edward Savage, American, 1761–1817

    Medium

    Mezzotint

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    M16322

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  • Continental Bill of Credit

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    Continental Bill of Credit

    February 17, 1776

    Benjamin Franklin, American, 1706–1790

    Medium

    Printed with black ink on paper with mica flakes and blue thread; signed and numbered with red ink

    Classification

    Numismatics, Paper Currency

    Accession Number

    2004.1886

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  • Plimouth Sound

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    Plimouth Sound

    1837

    Robert Salmon, English, 1775–1845 or after (active in the United States 1828–42)

    Dimensions

    24.13 x 31.43 cm (9 1/2 x 12 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on panel

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    48.472

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  • Quaker Meeting

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    Quaker Meeting

    Unidentified artist, British, 18th century or first quarter 19th century

    Dimensions

    64.1 x 76.2 cm (25 1/4 x 30 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    64.456

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  • A Quaker's dress of greenish-...

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    A Quaker's dress of greenish-brown taffeta

    Early 19th century

    Dimensions

    130.5 x 73 cm (51 3/8 x 28 3/4 in.) Measured flat for hanging storage

    Medium

    Silk taffeta, cotton lining, and silk tape

    Classification

    Costumes

    Accession Number

    52.1769

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    Short waisted, with front of bodice in two overlapping parts, square neck, long straight sleeves, skirt with fullness in knife pleats, less fulllness in front than in back, front panel of skirt slit from waist down about ten inches on each side of panel, but still attached to narrow waistband, ties at end of narrow waistband, of front panel to go around and tie in back thus holding up front of skirt; bodice lined with brown glazed cotton.

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  • Quaker cap of white muslin

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    Quaker cap of white muslin

    First half 19th century

    Dimensions

    26 x 24 cm (10 1/4 x 9 7/16 in.) measured flat on side for storage

    Medium

    Cotton muslin and cotton lace

    Classification

    Costumes

    Accession Number

    52.1773

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    Cap crown gathered into forehead band with drawstring at neckline, straight forehead band ending in short lappets, edged with slightly gathered ruffle of woven lace; a number of brown stains; narrow linen ties.

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  • Quaker's shoe (one of a pair)

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    Pair of Quaker shoes

    Early 19th century

    Dimensions

    7.5 x 8 x 23 cm (2 15/16 x 3 1/8 x 9 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Leather, silk ribbon, and linen lining

    Classification

    Costumes

    Accession Number

    52.1778a-b

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    Pair of Quaker's shoes of taupe leather with narrow sole and rounded toe, low tapered heel of built up leather, lined with white linen, (now much stained), upper comes high over instep in front with slight point in center, edge bound with taupe ribbon.

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  • Pair of man's spats

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    Pair of man's spats

    Late 19th to early 20th century

    Dimensions

    Height : 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm)

    Medium

    wool knit; cotton (?) plain weave

    Classification

    Costumes

    Accession Number

    2009.2290.1-2

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    Undyed wool knit spats with three plain weave straps under instep.

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  • Shumway House parlor

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    Shumway House parlor

    about 1740

    Dimensions

    Length 15 feet, 3 inches; width 13 feet, 10 inches; height 7 feet, 10 inches

    Medium

    Pitch-pine; apparently never painted

    Classification

    Architectural elements

    Accession Number

    25.620

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    Americas
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    Lurie-Marks Gallery (18th c. Rural/Vernac.) - 138 More Info

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    Three-walled alcove consisting of paneled west wall housing central fireplace flanked by paneled door to left and cupboard to right, with built-in drawers above the fireplace; north wall with original dado paneling and door; east wall with modern reproduction dado. Brick hearth and painted pine floor boards are eighteenth-century in date but not originally from this room. The granite fireplace is a reproduction of the one originally in the house.

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  • Wooden utensil

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    Wooden utensil

    about 1750

    Medium

    Ash

    Classification

    Tools & equipment

    Accession Number

    66.885

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  • Fruit trencher

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    Fruit trencher

    1575–1600

    Dimensions

    Overall: 12.7 cm (5 in.)

    Medium

    Wood; polychromed beechwood

    Classification

    Wood Carvings / Turnings

    Accession Number

    2000.588.4

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    Set of twelve Elizabethan roundels in beechwood, one side decorated in polychrome and gold floral, leaf, fruit and scroll devices encircling quotations from the Bible, one with a Death's head; contained in turned beechwood box retaining traces of original decoration.

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  • Cann

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    Cann

    1752–1766

    Benjamin Goodwin, about 1731–1792

    Dimensions

    12.4 x 13.4 x 8.1 cm (4 7/8 x 5 1/4 x 3 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Silver

    Classification

    Silver hollowware

    Accession Number

    1974.455

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    The raised tulip-shaped vessel is soldered to a cast splayed foot with an applied foot ring. The scrolled cast handle has a thumbgrip and double drop at upper joining to body; the lower section has a simplified bud-and-tendril terminus, a distinctively broad gap for the air vent, and an elliptical disk where it joins the body. Pitting is visible along the seam of the handle.

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  • Plate

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    Plate

    1795–1819

    Parks Boyd, 1771 or 1772–1819

    Dimensions

    1.59 x 20.32 x 20.32 cm (5/8 x 8 x 8 in.)

    Medium

    Pewter

    Classification

    Pewter

    Accession Number

    64.1629

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  • Sampler

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    Sampler

    1833

    Dimensions

    31.7 x 31.4 cm (12 1/2 x 12 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Wool plain weave embroidered with silk

    Classification

    Textiles

    Accession Number

    38.1145

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    Ground: fine cream colored wool. Design: in center the date 1833, and initials L. F. enclosed in a wreath, the alphabet, numerals man and woman in peasant costume, cross, lyre, book on which the word "Ewig" is written, cross, anchor, flowers, etc. worked in fine cross stitch with bright colored wools and silks. Worn, moth-eaten.

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  • Pint size flask

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    Pint size flask

    1826

    Kensington Glass Works

    Medium

    Glass, molded

    Classification

    Glass

    Accession Number

    1978.699

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    Flask bottle with obverse showing three quarter view of Washington in uniform and words GENERAL WASHINGTON written in semicircle above bust Reverse shows American eagle, head turned to the right. Shield with 7 bars on breast, wings partly raised and right foreshadowed. Thunder bolt ( 5 arrows) in its right talons, large olive branch in left. Sunrays above eagle's head. Eagle stands on oval frame with inner band of 28 small pearls. " E Pluribus Unum" in semicircle above sunrays. In oval frame "T.W.D>" Edges arevertically ribbed and inscribed "Adams+ Jefferson July 4, A.D. 1776" and "Kensington Glass Works Philadelphia" Three small stars after 1776 G1-14- Wilson+ Mckearin- American Bottles =Flasks

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  • Side chair

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    Side chair

    1745–60

    Dimensions

    Overall: 101 x 54 x 41.9 cm (39 3/4 x 21 1/4 x 16 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Walnut

    Classification

    Furniture, Seating and Beds

    Accession Number

    1975.648

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  • Winnowing Grain

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    Winnowing Grain

    about 1873–79

    Eastman Johnson, American, 1824–1906

    Dimensions

    39.37 x 33.34 cm (15 1/2 x 13 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on composition board

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    48.436

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  • Dance on the Battery In Presence...

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    Dance on the Battery In Presence of Peter Stuyvesant

    Asher Brown Durand, American, 1796–1886

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 45.1 x 59.4 cm (17 3/4 x 23 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Black and white chalk on brownish gray paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    56.354

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  • Buen-Ventura, Savannah, Georgia...

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    Buen-Ventura, Savannah, Georgia from Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign, 1866

    about 1866

    George N. Barnard, American, 1819–1902

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 25.6 x 36.1 cm (10 1/16 x 14 3/16 in.) Mount: 41.1 x 51.1 cm (16 3/16 x 20 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1981.8

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  • Slave Ship (Slavers Throwing...

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    Slave Ship (Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhoon Coming On)

    1840

    Joseph Mallord William Turner, English, 1775–1851

    Dimensions

    90.8 x 122.6 cm (35 3/4 x 48 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    99.22

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    Europe
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    Beal Gallery (Europ. Art 1800-1870) - 251 More Info

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    When Turner exhibited this picture at the Royal Academy in 1840 he paired it with the following extract from his unfinished and unpublished poem "Fallacies of Hope" (1812): "Aloft all hands, strike the top-masts and belay; Yon angry setting sun and fierce-edged clouds Declare the Typhon's coming. Before it sweeps your decks, throw overboard The dead and dying - ne'er heed their chains Hope, Hope, fallacious Hope! Where is thy market now?" For the full text of Turner's verse see A. J. Finberg, The Life of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., 2nd ed., 1961, p. 474

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  • Cotton Plantation

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    Cotton Plantation

    1850s

    Charles Giroux, American, 1850s–1880s

    Dimensions

    55.56 x 92.07 cm (21 7/8 x 36 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    47.1144

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  • Slaves concealing their master...

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    Slaves concealing their master from a searching party

    1861

    Adalbert John ("V. Blada") Volck, American, 1828–1912

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 16.2 x 22.4 cm (6 3/8 x 8 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Pen over graphite on buff paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    54.1741

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  • Major Thomas Savage

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    Major Thomas Savage

    1679

    Thomas Smith, American, about 1650–1691

    Dimensions

    106.68 x 93.98 cm (42 x 37 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas mounted on Masonite

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    1983.35

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    Manning House (17th c.) - LG36 More Info

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  • A Commander in the East India...

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    A Commander in the East India Company

    1786

    Mather Brown, American, 1761–1831

    Dimensions

    91.44 x 71.12 cm (36 x 28 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    54.147

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    Putnam Model Ship Gallery (Maritime Arts) - LG28 More Info

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  • Old Lady with a Plaid Shawl

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    Old Lady with a Plaid Shawl

    about 1840

    Unidentified artist, American, mid-19th century

    Dimensions

    76.2 x 63.5 cm (30 x 25 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    47.1230

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  • New England Early Winter

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    New England Early Winter

    1849

    Samuel Lancaster Gerry, American, 1813–1891

    Dimensions

    66.36 x 91.44 cm (26 1/8 x 36 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    48.409

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  • The Landing of William Penn

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    The Landing of William Penn

    about 1850

    Thomas Birch, American (born in England), 1779–1851

    Dimensions

    86.04 x 121.92 cm (33 7/8 x 48 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    47.1179

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  • Textile: "Penn's Treaty...

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    Textile: "Penn's Treaty with the Indians" (after a painting by Benjamin West), printed cotton

    about 1800

    Dimensions

    58.6 x 71.5 cm (23 1/16 x 28 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Cotton print

    Classification

    Textiles

    Accession Number

    28.526

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    Ground: white cotton. Design: printed in red from copperplate, "Penn's treaty with the Indians" after painting in Independance Hall, Philadelphia, by Benjamin West. This differs in details and rendering from print after same painting in Metropolitan Museum. (24.109.105). Framed in curly maple.

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