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Edward Roscoe Murrow

Artist
Al Hirschfeld, 21 Jun 1903 - 21 Jan 2003
Sitter
Edward Roscoe Murrow, 25 Apr 1908 - 27 Apr 1965
Date
1956
Type
Drawing
Medium
Gouache on illustration board
Dimensions
Image: 42.2 x 28.8cm (16 5/8 x 11 5/16")
Board: 54.8 x 42.4cm (21 9/16 x 16 11/16")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Al Hirschfeld. Art reproduced by special arrangement with Hirschfeld's exclusive representative, the Margo Feiden Galleries, Ltd., New York.
Object number
NPG.96.42
Exhibition Label
In the mid-1950s, Edward R. Murrow was the dean of broadcast journalism-a genre he had pioneered. Hired as director of news by CBS in 1935, Murrow broadcast the outbreak of war in Europe; from 1938 to 1945, his signature opening, "This . . . is London," brought the war into American living rooms. In the postwar's new medium, television, Murrow launched See It Now (1951-58), a news documentary program that he called "an entirely new weapon of journalism." Its high point was a March 1954 broadcast that helped topple Senator Joseph McCarthy. Murrow also hosted the popular Person to Person, in which he visited celebrities in their homes during prime time (1952-61). Murrow left CBS in 1961 and directed the United States Information Agency until his death in 1965.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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