a contemporary picture

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What does "contemporary" here mean?

He claims that Katie King is his daughter, and that he was himself when in life Henry Morgan, the buccaneer who was pardoned and knighted by Charles II and ended as Governor of Jamaica. If so, he has been a most cruel ruffian and has much to expiate. The author is bound to state, however, that he has in his possession a contemporary picture of Henry Morgan (it will be found in Howard Pyle's "Buccaneers," p. 178), and that if reliable it has no resemblance to John King. All these questions of
earthly identity are very obscure.
from history of spiritualism by arthur conan doyle
  • Uncle Jack

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    British English
    A picture from the time when Henry Morgan was alive. As the writer suggests ("if reliable"), this does not necessarily mean that Henry Morgan actually modelled for it.
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