Happy birthday, Abraham Lincoln!
|Unknown artist, portrait of Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood (1830-1917), first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court, in a campaign poster from her first presidential race, in 1884. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.|
|Abraham and Tad Lincoln, 1865, in a photo by Alexander Gardner. Looking for an unfamiliar picture of Lincoln in the NPG collections is what set me off on this,|
|It's probably not right to reproduce this Chuck Close portrait of Bill Clinton (2006) in any size short of its original 108 X 84-inch format, it looks terrible, but it's an example of something important in the Smithsonian collection.|
|John F. Kennedy #3, charcoal, by Elaine De Kooning, 1963, from a series of sketches made as they were conversing, so that she later said she'd been sketching from memory, as he moved around so much she was never drawing the face she was looking at.|
|Painting, also 1963, from Elaine De Kooning, but this time recognizably by her.|
And then these, unveiled today, which I'm really liking extremely, the most vital and interesting images I've seen all day:
Official portraits of the 44th president and Mrs. Obama for the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, by Kehinde Wiley (Barack) and Amy Sherald (Michelle). Via New York Times.