Sight: 30 3/4 x 25 3/4 in. (78.1 x 65.4 cm)
Framed: 38 3/4 x 33 3/4 in. (98.4 x 85.7 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
William D. Murphy, who worked primarily as a photographer, completed the 1911 John W. Davis Speaker portrait commission. Davis is depicted in a standard three-quarter, bust-length view with a dark background. There is no evidence of source material for the portrait. The painting was part of a concerted effort to commission portraits of every former Speaker of the House. Davis served a single Congress as Speaker, before retiring from the House in 1847.