Thomas Foley – DBA


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Chas Fagan, artist
Frank Wright, artist

Washington, DC



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Artist:  Chas Fagan

Davis Buckley was hired by longtime friend and Speaker of the House, Thomas Foley, to commission the above portraits.  The left portrait by Chas Fagan, a graduate of Yale University was completed in 2001. The portrait’s setting and background elements were meticulously selected to represent the Speaker. Elements of note—chair upholstery pattern consisting of the speaker’s mace, piece of legislation positioned upright, and Mr. Foley’s dog standing by his side.

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Artist: Frank Wright

Speaker Thomas Foley’s portrait by the Washington based realist artist, Frank Wright, was unveiled in 1999. The portrait’s setting—the Speaker’s Ceremonial Office, a historic space in the Capitol—includes the view of the Jefferson building of the Library of Congress from the east-side window. In contrast to the trend of adding personal, contemporary touches to portraits, this work instead links the Speaker to the historical institution by including the ornate Victorian interior and Beaux-Arts architecture of the library. (description from Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives)



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