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Richard Nixon

Artist
Louis S. Glanzman, 1922 - 2013
Sitter
Richard Milhous Nixon, 9 Jan 1913 - 22 Apr 1994
Date
1968
Type
Painting
Medium
Acrylic on plywood
Dimensions
Sight: 39.4 x 27.9cm (15 1/2 x 11")
Frame: 73.7 x 58.4 x 3.8cm (29 x 23 x 1 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Louis S. Glanzman
Object number
NPG.78.TC634
Exhibition Label
Thirty-seventh President, 1969-74
This 1968 election cover image of Richard Nixon marks one of the most noteworthy comebacks in American politics. Six years earlier, pundits had written him off as a has-been after his unsuccessful bid for the California governorship, which had come on top of his historically close loss to John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election. Even Nixon himself had admitted publicly that he was through with politics. But that appraisal took into account neither the depth of Nixon's ambitions for high office nor his dogged determination, and this portrait accompanied Time's story on how Nixon had just won election to the presidency.
Nixon's likeness was the work of illustrator Louis Glanzman, who had learned his profession almost totally through self-instruction. Although his knowledge of composition was derived from copying reproductions of noted paintings, he relied largely on comic books for perfecting his skills in depicting action.
Time cover, November 15, 1968
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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