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."

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date


Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2004 Rowman & Littlefield, Inc.

All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or printed without permission in writing from the publisher.

Please note that the book chapter is for private/personal use only.

Purchase online at Rowman & Littlefield.