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New House Speaker Portrait: Nancy Pelosi

Today, the House of Representatives unveiled a new portrait of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. On January 4, 2007, Pelosi became the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House. The painting joins a collection of historical portraits of former House Speakers.

Portrait of Nancy Pelosi/tiles/non-collection/1/12-14-Pelosi-portrait-2022_115_000.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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The painting depicts Pelosi wielding the gavel for the first time as Speaker, standing at the rostrum in the House Chamber. The oil-on-canvas portrait by artist Ron Sherr captures her unique position as the first woman Speaker. Yet the painting also uses historical artifacts to situate Pelosi in the institution’s long history.

To the left is the House Mace, symbol of the institution’s authority.

The House Mace and the Portrait of Nancy Pelosi/tiles/non-collection/1/12-14-Pelosi-portrait-and-mace.xml Left: House Mace, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, About this object
Right: Portrait of Nancy Pelosi, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, About this object

To the right, the House inkstand, the oldest artifact in the chamber, rests on the rostrum.

Portrait of Nancy Pelosi and the Inkstand/tiles/non-collection/1/12-14-Pelosi-portrait-and-inkstand.xml Left: Portrait of Nancy Pelosi, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, About this object
Right: Inkstand, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, About this object

The chair behind the Speaker nods to the seat used by Pelosi and her predecessors for decades.

Portrait of Nancy Pelosi and the Speaker’s Chair/tiles/non-collection/1/12-14-Pelosi-portrait-and-chair.xml Left: Portrait of Nancy Pelosi, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, About this object
Right: Speaker’s Chair, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, About this object

The painting is now part of the House’s collection of Speaker portraits. You can read more about the collection and find out about its subjects below.

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