48 x 34 in. (121.9 x 86.4 cm)
Framed: 52 x 38 in. (132.1 x 96.5 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
Victor Lallier’s portrait of Agriculture Committee Chairman Poage is one of eight paintings he made for the House of Representatives. Like the sitter, Lallier was a Texan, but his list of congressional subjects spanned the country. He studied at several art schools, and built a 60-year career painting official portraits in Texas and elsewhere. The rendering of Chairman Poage places him before a credenza in his office, holding a paper, rolled up in the manner of a scroll. The book and green bowl behind him add a touch of color to an otherwise sedate portrait.