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Bar in Hotel Scribe

Artist
Floyd MacMillan Davis, 1896 - 1966
Sitter
Floyd MacMillan Davis, 1896 - 1966
Gladys Rockmore Davis, 1901 - 16 Feb 1967
David Edward Scherman, 2 Mar 1916 - 1997
Janet Flanner, 13 Mar 1892 - 7 Nov 1978
William Lawrence Shirer, 23 Feb 1904 - 28 Dec 1993
Ernest Miller Hemingway, 21 Jul 1899 - 2 Jul 1961
A. J. Liebling, 18 Oct 1904 - 28 Dec 1963
Merrill Mueller, 1916 - 1980
Hans Von Kaltenborn, 9 Jul 1878 - 1965
Richard De Rochemont, 13 Dec 1903 - Aug 1982
Bill Reusswig, 1902 - 1978
Ham Green
Robert Allen Cromie, 1909 - 1999
Hugh Schuck
Will Lang, 1914 - Jan 1968
Lee Miller, 23 Apr 1907 - 21 Jul 1977
Graham Miller
Donald MacKenzie, 1918 - 1993
Robin Duff
Ralph Morse, 23 Oct 1917 - 7 Dec 2014
Charles Wertenbaker, 1901 - 1955
Robert Capa, 22 Oct 1913 - 25 May 1954
Noel Busch, 1906 - 1985
Date
1944
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 48.3 x 74.3 x 2.5cm (19 x 29 1/4 x 1")
Frame: 68.6 x 94 x 6.4cm (27 x 37 x 2 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Life Magazine
Object number
NPG.88.57
Culture
Robin Duff: European\British\English
Exhibition Label
After the Allies drove the German army out of Paris in August 1944, the bar at the city's Hotel Scribe became a favorite haunt for journalists. As one observer put it, an outgoing stream of "spruce correspondents" was always leaving the bar's comforts for the front lines and an incoming flow of "disheveled correspondents" just back from the front was eager to fill their seats. Among the Scribe's patrons was war illustrator Floyd Davis, who painted this picture for Life magazine, showing the bar filled with reporters who gathered there to talk over their news stories and complain about army press censorship. Among the individuals featured are New Yorker reporter Janet Flanner and CBS newscaster William Shirer seated at a table (lower center) with Ernest Hemingway. The unshaven, helmeted figure in the left rear is the famed war photographer Robert Capa.
Provenance
(Illustration House, New York); purchased by NPG 1988.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Place
France\Île-de-France\Ville de Paris, Départment de\Paris