The portrait of Banking and Currency Committee Chairman Brent Spence was unveiled soon after he announced his retirement from the House after three decades of service. Described as a substantial, cordial man for most of his career, in this portrait Spence has a careworn appearance. Artist Samuel Gholson, who trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Maryland Institute, was teaching and painting commissioned portraits in the Washington area at the time of the Spence painting.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Brent Spence,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2002/2002-013-007/ (September 28, 2020)
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