53 x 41 in. (134.6 x 104.1 cm)
Framed: 60 x 48 x 6 in. (152.4 x 121.9 x 15.2 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
In 1891, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania commissioned artist William A. Greaves, a well-regarded portrait artist from the state, to complete portraits of former Speakers Galusha Grow and Samuel J. Randall. Grow posed for his portrait nearly 30 years after he served as Speaker. Both portraits were presented to the House of Representatives on January 22, 1892. The three-quarter length portrait depicts Grow as an older man than he was during his tenure as Speaker. The strident, firm pose, however, captures the spirit of Grow’s confrontational positions— particularly on the issue of slavery—that defined his early career.