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James Antony Wills’ 1984 portrait of Richard M. Nixon in the White House Collection
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by Daniel Grant

The end of a presidential administration spells relief for its opponents and sadness for the die-hards, but on a practical level it means a lot of work for portrait artists. The president, vice-president, the cabinet secretaries and many other top officials are in line for official portraits -- most notably for the White House Collection and the National Portrait Gallery.