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Online Tour: Portrait Gallery

Photograph of Portrait Gallery
Foyer | Main Gallery | Lincoln Room | Ellison Room | Elisabeth Ball Room
Slocum Room | Reading Room | Portrait Gallery | Mendel Room | Wordsworth Room

When J. K. Lilly, Jr. gave his library to Indiana University, he included in his gift a number of portraits of writers whose books he had collected. Those represented in the Portrait Gallery are James Whitcomb Riley, George Bernard Shaw, Theodore Dreiser, Thomas Gray, Sir Walter Scott, Jean Jacques Rousseau, William Cullen Bryant, Lope de Vega, Alexander Pope, James Boswell, Edmund Burke, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Thomas Carlisle, Samuel Pepys, George Sand, Abraham Cowley, Molière, and Sir Francis Bacon.

On the floor of the Portrait Gallery is the handwoven silk and wool rug presented to Wendell Willkie by the Shah of Iran in 1942 on the occasion of Willkie's visit to Tehran while on his goodwill trip around the world. the trip is described in Willkie's book, One World. Wendell Willkie's papers are preserved in the Library.