While he was in Madrid to lecture on U.S. foreign policy, Representatives James Fulton spotted a full-length portrait of George Washington. It leaned against an office wall in the U.S. Embassy. Fulton posed with the painting, but after he successfully rescued it from obscurity. On learning that the Embassy didn’t particularly value the portrait, Fulton asked President Truman to request its transfer to the Capitol. Months later, Fulton and the George Washington portrait visited Truman at the White House. After the President had the opportunity to see the work, it was shuttled back to the Capitol and displayed temporarily in a prominent spot in Statuary Hall, before finding a permanent home in the Rayburn Room.