48 x 36 in. (121.9 x 91.4 cm)
Framed: 56 x 44 x 2 3/4 in. (142.2 x 111.8 x 7 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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.