30 1/4 x 25 1/4 in. (76.8 x 64.1 cm)
Framed: 42 x 37 in. (106.7 x 94 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
The portrait of Speaker Howell Cobb, purchased by the House of Representatives in 1912, was painted by Lucy May Stanton, a well-respected Georgia artist. Stanton was primarily educated in Paris, studying with James Abbott MacNeill Whistler, among others. Her preferred medium was watercolor miniature, for which she developed a uniquely modern, broadly executed technique. This style is evident in the Cobb portrait, which she based on a photograph taken by Mathew Brady in the 1860s.