Sight: 40 1/2 x 32 1/2 in. (102.9 x 82.6 cm)
Framed: 50 x 42 in. (127 x 106.7 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
Artist Ellen Day Hale based the 1911 commission for Speaker John Carlisle’s portrait on 19th century carte-de-visite photographs. Hale began her training in Boston with William Morris Hunt, and later went to Paris to study with Carolus Duran and William Adolphe-Bouguereau at Académie Julien. As seen in the Carlisle portrait, Hale developed a broad, bold painting style, which grew out of her early studies with Hunt and the influence of the Barbizon style and 19th century French realism.