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General George S. Patton, Jr.

Artist
Boleslaw Jan Czedekowski, 1885 - 1969
Sitter
George Smith Patton Jr., 11 Nov 1885 - 21 Dec 1945
Date
1945
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 127 x 103.2cm (50 x 40 5/8")
Frame: 149.2 x 121.9 x 7cm (58 3/4 x 48 x 2 3/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Major General George S. Patton, U.S.A., Retired, and the Patton Family; Frame conserved with funds from the Smithsonian Women's Committee
Object number
NPG.99.5
Exhibition Label
Nicknamed "Old Blood and Guts," General George Patton Jr. had a penchant for harsh, bluntly spoken opinions that sometimes made him the object of controversy during World War II. There was, however, no debating his soldiering abilities. In the Allied drive against Axis armies in North Africa, his gift for instilling frontline discipline was critical in shaping unseasoned American soldiers into effective fighting units. His leadership proved crucial again in the invasion of Sicily, but his finest moment came during the massive German counteroffensive in northern Europe's Ardennes region in 1944-45. His part in repelling the Germans there placed beyond challenge his reputation as one of the most brilliant field commanders of the war.
The inExhibition scription in the portrait's upper left corner was from Patton's declaration of May 9, 1945, telling his soldiers what an honor it had been to lead them.
Provenance
The sitter; his son George S. Patton, South Hamilton, Mass.; gift 1999 to NPG
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
20th Century Americans: 1930-1960
On View
NPG, South Gallery 321
Place
Deutschland\Bayern\Oberbayern\Bad Tölz