Like other portraits of Agriculture Committee Chairmen, this painting takes advantage of the committee hearing room’s location. The blue-and-gold brocade curtains frame the view of the Capitol from the hearing room’s balcony, a much-loved aspect of the room. Chairman Bob Smith leans on the committee’s dais, holding a gavel, the symbol of his authority, and sporting the official lapel pin worn by Members of Congress.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Robert Freeman Smith,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2002/2002-009-008/ (April 12, 2021)
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