Bryant Baker, Cordell Hull, 1943, plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1963.11.7
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.
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23 7/8 x 12 3/4 x 10 7/8 in. (60.8 x 32.3 x 27.6 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the artist
- Portrait male – Hull, Cordell
- Occupation – political – statesman
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