In this painting, the artist has tipped the desk’s top forward toward the picture plane to give the viewer a better glimpse of objects Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis chose to include. The bronze bear alludes to the California state flag, with its image of a grizzly bear. The white book, atop an unidentified red volume, is Gracian’s Manual, a compilation of maxims composed in the 1600s by the Spanish Jesuit and writer Baltasar Gracian.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Charles Jeremy (Jerry) Lewis,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2009/2009-058-000/ (June 13, 2021)
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