|Official White House Portrait, Grover Cleveland, 1891, Eastman Johnson. |
Apparently Cleveland sat for only two presidential portraits, this one
and the one by Zorn (below).
|Grover Cleveland, 1899, Anders Zorn (National Portrait Gallery). Cleveland very much liked the portrait, commenting to a reporter, “As for my ugly mug, |
I think the artist has ‘struck it off’ in great shape.”
|Why there should be two versions of essentially the same portrait seems to be a mystery|
(to me, at least). Perhaps the first was rejected; but if so, which one was the reject?
|Today, a candidate feels lucky to survive the grueling torture of one presidential campaign...two at the most. But three? The man must have been a glutton for punishment.|
|Grover Cleveland, Perry Ives|
|Westland Mansion ~ Grover Cleveland's Home, |
Princeton, New Jersey