43 x 32 in. (109.2 x 81.3 cm)
Framed: 50 1/2 x 40 in. (128.3 x 101.6 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
Speaker Tip O’Neill’s portrait by Robert Vickrey was unveiled on December 9, 1986. Vickrey, best known for his unnerving magical-realist paintings, was highly selective in the commissioned portraits he painted, and he said that of those few, “the only portrait [he] enjoyed painting was Tip O’Neill.” Upon meeting O’Neill in person, Vickrey said, “. . . yes he was substantial, but more than his enormous size, I found him utterly charming, invariably affable . . . ” This impression is reflected in the precisely rendered, imposing figure with a glint of good humor in the expression.