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Portrait study of Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., delegate from ... Image 1

Portrait study of Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., delegate from the United States to the United Nations, [attending a Security Council meeting]

Sanguine on paper on board with framing lines in graphite
Credit Line
Gift of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 2015
6 5/8 x 5 in.

Description & Inscriptions

[bottom left of drawing in graphite]: Edward R. Statinius [sic], Jr. / Security Council; [bottom center of drawing in graphite]: U.S.; [bottom right of drawing in graphite]: V.O.; [lower left in graphite]: "La parole est au Representative / des Etats Unis"! / and Mr. Statinnius [sic] rich voice / rang out -- concerning the / Iranian-Russian question -- / and the "contest" was on --
After a rapid rise through the ranks first of General Motors and then of US Steel, Edward R. Stettinius Jr. served as US Secretary of State from 1944 until 1945, overseeing the end of World War II and the creation of the UN. He chaired the US delegation to the 1945 San Francisco Conference that brought 50 nations together to create the UN, and he became the first US Ambassador to the organization, a post he held until his resignation in June 1946 over what he saw as President Harry S. Truman's refusal to use the UN as a forum to resolve growing Soviet-American tensions.


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