57 1/2 x 43 9/16 in. (146.1 x 110.7 cm)
Framed: 61 1/2 x 47 5/16 in. (156.2 x 120.2 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
“The Spirit of the American Doughboy,” a beloved and oft-reproduced sculpture, stands in the background of this portrait, over the left shoulder of Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton. It was a familiar sight to Skelton during his years as a student at Missouri’s Lexington Military Academy. More than a hundred such versions of this statue, a tribute to World War I soldiers, were erected around the coutnry. This version was purchased by the Academy’s alumni as a memorial to their classmates who died in the war.