Visit the Exhibition

This Web site, "Herblock's Presidents: "Puncturing Pomposity" was created in conjunction with a temporary exhibition installed at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition opened on May 2, 2008 and will close on November 30, 2008.

The political cartoons of Herbert Lawrence Block—who drew under the pen name "Herblock"—appeared in American newspapers for more than seven decades. His particular interest in depicting American presidents is featured in this exhibition that displays Block's presidential cartoons that appeared in the Washington Post for fifty-six years. The exhibition includes his depictions of Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. The show offers a rare opportunity for visitors to see how one of America's greatest political cartoonists viewed the American presidency for most of the twentieth century.


The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution tells the stories of America through the individuals who have shaped U.S. culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts, and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists who speak American history.

The National Portrait Gallery is conveniently located at Eighth and F Streets, NW, in Washington D.C., above the Gallery Place–Chinatown Metrorail station (red, yellow, and green lines).

Museum Hours:
11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m. daily. Closed December 25.

Admission: FREE

For more information on visiting the museum, please visit the National Portrait Gallery's Web site.