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A Lancer of Napoleon's Polish Guards on Winter Patrol, Jan Van Chelminski (1851-1925)
A Lancer of Napoleon's Polish Guards on Winter Patrol, Jan Van Chelminski (1851-1925)

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In order to increase your chances of finding the right results try using different spellings. For example, when looking for St Mark’s Venice also try searching SAN MARCO.

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