30 x 24 1/4 in. (76.2 x 61.6 cm)
Framed: 43 3/4 x 39 x 4 3/4 in. (111.1 x 99.1 x 12.1 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
The Theodore Sedgwick portrait was among those commissioned by the Massachusetts legislature in 1886 to replace less-stately drawings of Speakers already in the House Collection. Edgar Parker was commissioned to paint a copy of Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of Sedgwick (today at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). This portrait—along with those of Speakers Banks, Varnum and Winthrop—were given to the House of Representatives on January 19, 1888. Parker’s portrait is a faithful copy of the original, capturing Stuart’s rendition of Sedgwick’s direct and challenging address of the viewer.