50 1/2 x 33 1/2 in. (128.3 x 85.1 cm)
Framed: 65 x 47 1/2 in. (165.1 x 120.7 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
Speaker Thomas Foley’s portrait by Washington, D.C., realist artist Frank Wright was unveiled in 1999. The portrait’s setting—the Speaker’s Ceremonial Office, a historic space in the Capitol—includes the view of the Jefferson building of the Library of Congress from the east-side window. In contrast to the trend of adding personal, contemporary touches to portraits, this work instead links the Speaker to the historical institution by including the ornate Victorian interior and Beaux-Arts architecture of the library.