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Artist:
Rollin Kirby, 1875 - 1952  Search this
Sitter:
Alfred Emanuel Smith, 30 Dec 1873 - 4 Oct 1944  Search this
Medium:
Crayon and pencil on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 36.5 x 38.1cm (14 3/8 x 15")
Sheet: 40.7 x 38.1cm (16 x 15")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
Type:
Drawing
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
c. 1928
Exhibition Label:
In 1928, Franklin Roosevelt dubbed Al Smith, with his derby hat and ever-present cigar, the "happy warrior." As governor of New York, Smith sought to make government more responsive to immigrants and the poor by restricting working hours for women and children, increasing education funds, and building low-cost housing. As an urban progressive, he favored a large government role in solving social and economic problems. In the divisive issue of Prohibition, Smith opposed the Eighteenth Amendment, while many western and southern progressives viewed its ban on alcoholic beverages as an important reform. Smith's losing bid for the presidency, in which rural progressives held his Irish ethnicity and Catholicism against him, is often credited with making way for the New Deal, a program Smith opposed as a threat to freedom.
Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Rollin Kirby published this drawing in the New York World.
Topic:
Nature & Environment\Animal\Donkey  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Alfred Emanuel Smith: Male  Search this
Alfred Emanuel Smith: Politics and Government\State Legislator\New York  Search this
Alfred Emanuel Smith: Politics and Government\Presidential Candidate  Search this
Alfred Emanuel Smith: Politics and Government\Presidential Candidate  Search this
Alfred Emanuel Smith: Politics and Government\Governor\New York  Search this
Alfred Emanuel Smith: Law and Law Enforcement\Police\Sheriff  Search this
Alfred Emanuel Smith: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Executive\Company President  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.95.187
Restrictions & Rights:
© Rollin Kirby
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.95.187