Legal Portraits

As part of its holdings of legal art and visual materials, the Harvard Law School Library owns a collection of approximately 4000 portrait images of lawyers, jurists, political figures, and legal thinkers dating from the Middle Ages to the late twentieth century. Although most of these prints, drawings, and photographs depict legal figures prominent in the Common Law, a significant number document jurists and legal educators associated with the Canon and Civil Law traditions.

In March of 2004 the Special Collections Department presented The Legal Portrait Project Online, an exhibition in the Library's Caspersen Room which combined examples of portraits from the collection together with computer terminals to allow patrons to view the digitized images. Images from the original physical exhibit can be found here.

Search the collection using HOLLIS Images.