"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

William Halsey

This 1949 portrait of William "Bull" Halsey (1882-1959) by Albert K. Murray hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
 "Admiral 'Bull' Halsey was nearing sixty when the outbreak of World War II placed him in command of American naval operations in the South Pacific. Yet age did not diminish his effectiveness, and in the war against Japan he became a chief architect of such victories as the taking of Guadalcanal and the battles of Leyte Gulf and Luzon in the Philippines. A man who had little patience with 'spit and polish' regulations, Halsey sometimes came under fire for his improvisational methods. Nevertheless, no naval commander was more affectionately revered by subordinates than this squarely built maverick.

Halsey's portrait was the work of Albert Murray, who was a naval combat artist during the war. He remained in the navy for several years after the war and in that time completed a number of portraits of noted officers." -- National Portrait Gallery

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