Henriette Wyeth Hurd painted the official portrait of Patricia Nixon. The woman depicted is serene, almost sad. She appears fragile, yet brave. Above all, the face that gazes from the canvas understands--the wisdom in her eyes reflects that sense of tribulation bequeathed by experience. Both the painting and the subject reflect "calm at the center." It is an insightful portrayal of the American first lady known to the world as "Pat."
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Hobgood, Linda. "Wisdom to Know the Difference: The Rhetoric of Pat Nixon." In Inventing a Voice: The Rhetoric of American First Ladies of the Twentieth Century, edited by Molly Meijer. Wertheimer, 297-323. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2004.