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Cordell Hull

1943 Bryant Baker Born: London, England 1881 Died: New York, New York 1970 plaster 23 7/8 x 12 3/4 x 10 7/8 in. (60.8 x 32.3 x 27.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1963.11.7 Not currently on view


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Cordell Hull was secretary of state to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 until 1944, the longest tenure in American history. Bryant Baker found Hull to be a challenging model, because he was so relaxed during his sittings that his face lacked “animation.” To solve this problem, Baker invited some of Hull’s State Department associates to attend the session and was able to capture the politician’s lively expression as he discussed affairs of state.

Keywords

Occupation - political - statesman

Portrait male - Hull, Cordell

sculpture

plaster

About Bryant Baker

Born: London, England 1881 Died: New York, New York 1970

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