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Dwight D. Eisenhower

Artist
Ernest Hamlin Baker, 1889 - 1975
Sitter
Dwight David Eisenhower, 14 Oct 1890 - 28 Mar 1969
Date
1955
Type
Painting
Medium
Gouache, watercolor and graphite pencil on paperboard
Dimensions
Sight: 31.8 x 22.2cm (12 1/2 x 8 3/4")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Estate of Ernest Hamlin Baker
Object number
NPG.78.TC348
Culture
Dwight David Eisenhower: American
Exhibition Label
Thirty-fourth President, 1953-61
The sense of prosperity and national serenity that exudes from this 1955 cover portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower was the visual summation of the feature cover story. After seeing the cover, reading the article was almost unnecessary. During the twenty-nine months Eisenhower had been president, Time reported, America had settled into a period marked by low inflation, high employment, rising capital investment, and a bullish stock market. The nation's health could not have been better, and the magazine saw Eisenhower's conservative presidential leadership as a catalyst for the good times. Time's glowing assessment of Eisenhower's performance was largely based on reality, yet it also reflected the views of the magazine's founder, Henry Luce, an ardent Eisenhower supporter who did not hesitate to foster a pro-Ike slant.
Time cover, July 4, 195
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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