Artist Jeff Martin worked on portraits of two Committee on House Administration Chairmen—Charlie Rose and Bill Thomas—at the same time. In this portrait, the artist has placed Rose in an indeterminate location. The highly polished mahogany dais indicates a committee hearing room. The verdant background gives the sense of being outdoors. The fluted pilaster that anchors the left side of the painting is a common sight on both the interior and exterior of the Capitol. The combination may have been deliberate, reflecting the committee’s involvement in virtually every aspect of House operations.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Charles Grandison Rose, III,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2003/2003-001-003/ (October 23, 2020)
Office of the Historian
Office of Art and Archives
Attic, Thomas Jefferson Building
Washington, D.C. 20515