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Richard Nixon

Artist
Boris Chaliapin, 1904 - May 1979
Sitter
Richard Milhous Nixon, 9 Jan 1913 - 22 Apr 1994
Date
1970
Type
Painting
Medium
Tempera and ink on illustration board
Dimensions
Sight (Verified): 34.6 x 24.4 cm (13 5/8 x 9 5/8")
Mat: 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Chris Murphy
Object number
NPG.78.TC641
Exhibition Label
Boris Chaliapin’s first cover for Time magazine appeared on August 24, 1942, and portrayed India’s future prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. This portrait of President Richard Nixon ran on October 5, 1970, and was Chaliapin’s last published cover. In those twenty-eight years, he would be Time’s most prolific artist, producing 413 covers. Of Nixon alone—who holds the record for Time cover appearances at fifty-five—Chaliapin produced multiple portraits, beginning with Nixon’s first appearance on Time (August 25, 1952), as Dwight Eisenhower’s vice-presidential running mate.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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