54 3/4 x 36 in. (139.1 x 91.4 cm)
Framed: 61 1/2 x 42 in. (156.2 x 106.7 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
In Charles Fairman’s Art and Artists of the Capitol (1926), Speaker Joseph Cannon’s portrait is described as a "thoroughly attractive” work, combining good technique with a convincing likeness of the sitter. William T. Smedley, who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Thomas Eakins, had a successful early career as an illustrator, which segued to portrait commissions by the turn of the 20th century.