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Richard and Pat Nixon

Richard and Pat Nixon
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Artist
George Tames, 1919 - 1994
Sitter
Richard Milhous Nixon, 9 Jan 1913 - 22 Apr 1994
Pat Nixon, 16 Mar 1912 - 22 Jun 1993
Date
1968
Type
Photograph
Medium
Chromogenic print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 35.8 x 43cm (14 1/8 x 16 15/16")
Mat: 55.9 × 71.1 cm (22 × 28")
Topic
Exterior
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone
Symbols & Motifs\Banner
Richard Milhous Nixon: Male
Richard Milhous Nixon: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer
Richard Milhous Nixon: Literature\Writer
Richard Milhous Nixon: Politics and Government\Vice-President of US
Richard Milhous Nixon: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer
Richard Milhous Nixon: Politics and Government\President of US
Richard Milhous Nixon: Politics and Government\US Senator\California
Richard Milhous Nixon: Politics and Government\US Congressman\California
Pat Nixon: Female
Pat Nixon: Politics and Government\First Lady\First Lady of US
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Frances O. Tames
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© George Tames/The New York Times/Redux
Object number
NPG.94.169
Exhibition Label
The election of Richard Nixon to the presidency in 1968 marks one of the most noteworthy comebacks in American politics. Six years earlier, pundits had written him off as a has-been in the wake of his unsuccessful bid for the California governorship, which had come on top of his historically close loss to John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election. Even Nixon himself had admitted publicly that he was through with politics. Yet that appraisal took into account neither the depth of his ambitions for high office nor his dogged determination.
George Tames, a veteran news photographer for the New York Times, snapped this picture of Nixon giving a campaign speech. His wife, Pat Nixon (1912–1993), is shown seated behind him, listening attentively.
La elección de Richard Nixon a la presidencia en 1968 marcó uno de los regresos políticos más notables en la historia de Estados Unidos. Seis años antes, los analistas lo habían descartado como figura acabada luego de su candidatura fallida a la gobernación de California, poco después de su histórica derrota por muy poco margen frente a John F. Kennedy en las elecciones presidenciales de 1960. Incluso el propio Nixon había admitido públi- camente que abandonaría la política. Pero nadie tomaba en cuenta su profunda ambición por el alto cargo ni su férrea determinación.
George Tames, veterano fotógrafo del New York Times, captó esta imagen de Nixon en un discurso de campaña. Su esposa, Pat Nixon (1912–1993), aparece sentada detrás de él, escuchando con atención.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery