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

Friday, June 24, 2016

Henry Cabot Lodge

This portrait of 1890 portrait of Henry Cabot Lodge (1850-1924) by John Singer Sargent hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
"Henry Cabot Lodge exuded the confidence and haughtiness that his New England ancestry, wealth, and influence bestowed. He became a powerful senator and one of the Republican Party's most respected, if not loved, leaders. Lodge joined his close friend Theodore Roosevelt in calling for the United States to increase its navy and assume a larger role in world affairs. When war broke out in Europe in 1914, he supported American neutrality but believed that Germany was the aggressor. Concerned that U.S. security would be endangered by a German victory, he became increasingly angry with President Woodrow Wilson for not strengthening America's armed forces. Lodge successfully spearheaded the Senate's rejection of the Treaty of Versailles over the issue of the League of Nations. While he did not object to an interna­tional organization, he viewed the league as a threat to American sovereignty." -- National Portrait Gallery

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