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Watergate Breaks Wide Open

Artist
Jack Davis, 2 Dec 1924 - 27 Jul 2016
Sitter
John Wesley Dean, III, born 14 Oct 1938
Harry Robbins Haldeman, 1926 - 1993
James Walter McCord Jr., born 26 Jan 1924
Jeb Stuart Magruder, 5 Nov 1934 - 11 May 2014
John Newton Mitchell, 15 Sep 1913 - 9 Nov 1988
Richard Milhous Nixon, 9 Jan 1913 - 22 Apr 1994
Maurice Hubert Stans, 22 Mar 1908 - 14 Apr 1998
Date
1973
Type
Painting
Medium
Watercolor and ink on paperboard
Dimensions
53.3 x 48.5cm (21 x 19 1/8")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Jack Davis
Object number
NPG.78.TC178
Exhibition Label
April of 1973 was a crucial month in the unraveling of the convoluted Watergate scandal, which eventually shook Richard Nixon's presidency to its foundation and led to his resignation. This cover by caricaturist Jack Davis offered as good a summation of what happened that month as any single picture could. Beginning with James McCord, who had been part of the Nixon reelection campaign's scheme to wiretap the Democrats' Watergate offices in 1972, many of the finger-pointing individuals seen here had said things to the press and in legal proceedings that implicated all of them in a host of unlawful actions related to the wiretapping. The men surrounding Nixon in Time's cover commentary on this extraordinary news saga are (clockwise from upper left): James McCord, Jeb Magruder, H. R. Haldeman, John Dean, John Mitchell, and former Secretary of Commerce Maurice Stans. Ultimately, all were convicted of wrongdoing in Watergate.
Time cover, April 30, 1973
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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