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Warren G. Harding

Warren G. Harding
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Artist
Margaret Lindsay Williams, 1888 - 1960
Sitter
Warren Gamaliel Harding, 2 Nov 1865 - 2 Aug 1923
Date
1923
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Frame (Verified): 156.2 x 121.3 x 11.4cm (61 1/2 x 47 3/4 x 4 1/2")
Stretcher: 135.9 × 99.7cm (53 1/2 × 39 1/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.66.21
Exhibition Label
Twenty-ninth president, 1921–1923
Republican Warren Harding, a former lieutenant governor and senator from Ohio, entered the White House following an era of upheaval. He promised to “think of America first” and restore “normalcy” after a period of sweeping social reforms, increases in racial segregation, and the trauma of World War I. Under Harding’s leadership at the Washington Naval Conference of 1921–22, Great Britain, France, Italy, and Japan joined the United States in signing a treaty that slowed a global arms race. Although Harding lowered taxes and reduced the national debt, the Teapot Dome Scandal of 1921–23, which involved one of his top appointees, marked a lowpoint in his brief term. Completed after his untimely death in office, this portrait by Welsh artist Margaret Lindsay Williams bears Harding’s full name above the Presidential Seal in the upper-right corner. Later, Williams would become famous for her portraits of Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British royal family.
29no presidente, 1921–1923
El republicano Warren Harding, quien fue vicegobernador y senador de Ohio, llegó a la Casa Blanca luego de una época turbulenta. Prometió “pensar en Estados Unidos primero” y restaurar “la normalidad” tras una etapa de extensas reformas sociales, creciente segregación racial y el trauma la 1ra Guerra Mundial. Durante la Conferencia Naval de Washington en 1921-22, Harding ejerció su liderazgo para que Gran Bretaña, Francia, Italia y Japón firmaran junto a Estados Unidos un tratado que frenó la carrera armamentista mundial. Aunque también redujo los impuestos y la deuda nacional, el llamado “escándalo de Teapot Dome” (1921–23), en el cual estuvo implicado uno de sus asesores principales, fue una mancha en su breve mandato. Completado después de su prematura muerte cuando aún era presidente, este retrato de la artista galesa Margaret Lindsay Williams lleva el nombre completo de Harding sobre el sello presidencial en la esquina superior derecha. Williams fue muy conocida por sus retratos de la reina Isabel II y otros miembros de la familia real británica.
Provenance
Margaret Lindsay Williams [d.1960]. (Peter Eaton, London).(King V. Hostick, Chicago); purchased 1966 NPG.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
America's Presidents (Reinstallation September 2017)
On View
NPG, West Gallery 210
Usage
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