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Artist:
James Ormsbee Chapin, 1887 - 1975  Search this
Sitter:
Dwight David Eisenhower, 14 Oct 1890 - 28 Mar 1969  Search this
Richard Milhous Nixon, 9 Jan 1913 - 22 Apr 1994  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Frame: 58.4 x 43.2cm (23 x 17")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1956
Exhibition Label:
The nomination of Dwight D. Eisenhower for president in 1952 convinced Republican Party insiders that they needed a vice president who was young, Western, and conservative. California Senator Richard Nixon appeared perfect. But Nixon soon came under fire when it was revealed that his supporters had contributed to a campaign "slush fund." With calls for Eisenhower to drop him from the ticket, Nixon made dramatic and novel use of television by explaining himself directly to the American people. Critics found him maudlin when he referred to his wife's "respectable Republican cloth [not mink] coat," and added that while no money from the fund went for personal use, he would not return the little cocker spaniel, Checkers, given to his daughters. But the huge TV audience loved the "Checkers speech," and Eisenhower greeted Nixon with, "You're my boy."
Topic:
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
Dwight David Eisenhower: Male  Search this
Dwight David Eisenhower: Literature\Writer  Search this
Dwight David Eisenhower: Military\Army\Officer\General  Search this
Dwight David Eisenhower: Education\Administrator\University\President  Search this
Dwight David Eisenhower: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Dwight David Eisenhower: Politics and Government\Chief of Staff  Search this
Dwight David Eisenhower: Military\Army\Officer\World War II  Search this
Richard Milhous Nixon: Male  Search this
Richard Milhous Nixon: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Richard Milhous Nixon: Literature\Writer  Search this
Richard Milhous Nixon: Politics and Government\Vice-President of US  Search this
Richard Milhous Nixon: Military\Navy\Officer  Search this
Richard Milhous Nixon: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Richard Milhous Nixon: Politics and Government\US Senator\California  Search this
Richard Milhous Nixon: Politics and Government\US Congressman\California  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Object number:
NPG.78.TC347
Restrictions & Rights:
© James Cox Gallery at Woodstock for the James Chapin Estate
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.78.TC347