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Jimmy Carter

Artist
James Browning Wyeth, born 6 Jul 1946
Sitter
James Earl Carter, Jr., born 1 Oct 1924
Date
1976
Type
Drawing
Medium
Watercolor on paper
Dimensions
Sight: 35.6 x 26.7cm (14 x 10 1/2")
Frame: 61 x 52.1 x 5.1cm (24 x 20 1/2 x 2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Jamie Wyeth
Object number
NPG.78.TC288
Exhibition Label
Thirty-ninth President, 1977-81
Early in the presidential election year of 1976, a frequent quip on Jimmy Carter's campaign trail was "Jimmy Who?" Yet by November, that sardonic question had been answered in an unexpected way. Not only had this obscure former Georgia governor had not only claimed the Democratic nomination, he had also won the presidency itself. For achieving that "political miracle," he received an unexpected bonus: in its January 3, 1977, issue, Time declared him its Man of the Year. The cover story noted that in keeping with his distaste for pomp, the president-elect intended to forgo the usual morning attire and limousine at his inauguration. Instead, he would wear a business suit and ride to the oath-taking in an unpretentious Ford. The blue-jeaned informality of Carter's Man of the Year cover portrait by Jamie Wyeth anticipated those departures from the formal traditions.
Time cover, January 3, 1977
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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