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George C. Marshall

George C. Marshall
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Artist
Thomas Edgar Stephens, 18 Jan 1886 - 4 Jan 1966
Sitter
George Catlett Marshall, 31 Dec 1880 - 16 Oct 1959
Date
c. 1949
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
127cm x 101.5cm (50" x 39 15/16"), Accurate
Frame: 151.1 x 125.7 x 10.2cm (59 1/2 x 49 1/2 x 4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the National Gallery of Art; gift of Ailsa Mellon Bruce, 1951
Object number
NPG.65.66
Exhibition Label
George C. Marshall was, according to one expert observer, the "perfect" soldier. Endowed with a quick mind, a good memory, and a superb sense of strategy, he did not particularly relish war. Yet as chief of staff during World War II, he proved to be a masterful orchestrator of military mobilization. In 1945 President Harry Truman remarked that millions of Americans had served the country well in that conflict, but it had been Marshall who "gave it victory." As capable in peace as in wartime, Marshall later became Truman's secretary of state, and it was he who unveiled in 1947 the American aid program for rebuilding Europe's war-ravaged economies. Ultimately named the Marshall Plan, this venture became one of the greatest triumphs in the entire history of American diplomacy.
Provenance
Ailsa Mellon Bruce; gift to NGA for NPG; transferred in 1965.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
20th Century Americans: 1930-1960
On View
NPG, South Gallery 321
Usage
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