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Lyndon B. Johnson

Artist
Peter Hurd, 22 Feb 1904 - Jul 1984
Sitter
Lyndon Baines Johnson, 27 Aug 1908 - 22 Jan 1973
Date
1964
Type
Painting
Medium
Tempera on board
Dimensions
Sight (Verified): 52.1 x 35.6cm (20 1/2 x 14")
Mat: 71.1 × 52.1cm (28 × 20 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Estate of Peter Hurd
Object number
NPG.78.TC477
Exhibition Label
Thirty-sixth President, 1963-69
When Time tapped Lyndon B. Johnson for its 1964 Man of the Year cover, Johnson had just completed the most successful twelve months of his public career. Having succeeded to the presidency on the death of John F. Kennedy in late 1963, he had claimed this office in his own right with a landslide victory in the recent national election. In the year preceding, his deft handling of Congress had yielded the most sweeping civil rights legislation since the Civil War, resulted in a vastly reduced deficit, and set in motion an unprecedented war on poverty.
To paint the cover portrait, Time selected two of the Southwest's most respected artists-Peter Hurd and his wife, Henriette Wyeth. Hurd and Wyeth placed Johnson against a sun-drenched Texas landscape, with the president's birthplace in the distance.
Time cover, January 1, 1965
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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