The House purchased Edmund Tarbell’s portrait of Speaker Frederick Gillett in 1925, five years after its completion. Gillett chose Edmund Tarbell at least in part based on the fast that artist hailed from his home state of Massachusetts. Tarbell also had his excellent reputation to recommend him. Well-established and successful, Tarbell, along with Julien Alden Weir, Thomas Dewing, and Frederick Twactman, laid the base for an academy of American impressionism in the late 19th century.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Frederick Huntington Gillett,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2005/2005-016-037/ (January 23, 2021)
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