Victor Lallier’s portrait of Speaker John McCormack was unveiled on December 12, 1971, after McCormack’s retirement from public service. The Dallas-based artist was popular among Members of Congress, and the House ultimately acquired nine of his portraits. Early in his career, Lallier’s work was inspired by Italian Renaissance portraiture. The legacy of this influence can be seen in the intense, matte colors and the precise handling of paint evident in McCormack’s portrait.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “John William McCormack,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2005/2005-016-045/ (April 10, 2021)
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