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George Biddle Self-Portrait

National Portrait Gallery

George Biddle Self-Portrait

National Portrait Gallery

George Biddle Self-Portrait

National Portrait Gallery

George Biddle

National Portrait Gallery
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia-born social realist artist George Biddle was a strong advocate of government support for the arts. With the backing of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a former classmate at Groton School, Biddle helped organize the Public Works of Art Project, which led to the formation of the Federal Art Project, a program of the Works Progress Administration. Among the thousands of artworks the program produced was Biddle’s own mural, The Tenement, which he completed for the U.S. Department of Justice’s building in Washington. During World War II, Biddle presided as chairman over the War Department’s Art Advisory Committee, and in 1950 he was appointed to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. These portraits of Biddle and his wife, Belgian-born sculptor Hélène Sardeau, were drawn by their close friend Marguerite Zorach shortly after their 1931 marriage. They are a gift from the Biddles’ son.

George Biddle

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w ; 24 x 19 cm. Biddle at work on a panel of the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury, Section of Painting and Sculpture - sponsored mural entitled, "Society Freed through Justice", located in the fifth floor lobby of the Attorney-General's office in the Justice Department Building, Washington, D.C.
Identification on accompanying label (typewritten): George Biddle (1885- ). Biddle received his law degree but immediately turned to art. His murals decorate government buildings in the United States, Brazil, and Mexico. He was active in helping to set up the Federal Art Project in the Thirties. Being an artist of great versatility, he has worked in stone, clay, paint, wood, and block printing.

George Biddle [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 8x10, Safety, BW.

George Biddle, American painter and printmaker, 1885-1973.

Biddle, George.

George Biddle [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 8x10, Safety, BW.

George Biddle, American painter and printmaker, 1885-1973.

Biddle, George.

George Biddle [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 8x10, Safety, BW.

George Biddle, American painter and printmaker, 1885-1973.

Biddle, George.

George Biddle [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 8x10, Safety, BW.

George Biddle, American painter and printmaker, 1885-1973.

Biddle, George.

George Biddle [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 8x10, Safety, BW.

George Biddle, American painter and printmaker, 1885-1973.

Biddle, George.

George Biddle [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 8x10, Safety, BW.

George Biddle, American painter and printmaker, 1885-1973.

Biddle, George.

George Biddle [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 5x7, Safety, BW.

George Biddle, American painter and printmaker, 1885-1973.

Biddle, George.

George Biddle [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 8x10, Nitrate, BW.

copy 1 negative: 8x10, Safety, BW.

George Biddle, American painter and printmaker, 1885-1973.

Biddle, George.

Stahl, Joan, "American Artists in Photographic Portraits from the Peter A. Juley & Son Collection," Mineola, NY: Dover Publications in association with the National Museum of American Art, 1995, fig. 18, pg. 7.

Department of Justice, Decorations by George Biddle

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
George Biddle (January 24, 1885 - November 6, 1973) was an American artist who worked on the Federal Art Project, the visual arts arm of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration. He is best known for his mural,Tenement, which was displayed in the Department of Justice Building in Washington, D.C.. However, Biddle's mural in the top left of this photograph appears to be Sweatshop.

This image was taken by Ruel P. Tolman, former Director of Smithsonian National Collection of Fine Arts and is included in a scrapbook of photographs of Smithsonian staff, grounds and buildings, exhibitions, and Washington, D.C. scenes (Section J).

See Negative Number SIA2011-1300 for an additional image of George Biddle's mural on the Department of Justice Building.

Photograph of George Biddle's mural in the Justice Department Building, and the crowd gathered around the building. Biddle was an American artist who worked on the Federal Art project. The mural in the top left of the photograph appears to be his mural, Sweatshop. The scrapbook has an arrow pointing to the upper left corner of the image to point out Biddle's painting.

George Biddle at work in his studio [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 4x5, Safety, BW.

George Biddle, American painter and printmaker, 1885-1973.

Biddle, George.

George Biddle with unidentified man [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 4x5, Safety, BW.

George Biddle, American painter and printmaker, 1885-1973.

Biddle, George.

George Biddle with unidentified man [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 4x5, Safety, BW.

George Biddle, American painter and printmaker, 1885-1973.

Biddle, George.

George Biddle in his studio with sitter John Qualen [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 4x5, Safety, BW.

George Biddle, American painter and printmaker, 1885-1973.

Biddle, George.

George Biddle in military uniform [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 4x5, Safety, BW.

George Biddle, American painter and printmaker, 1885-1973.

Biddle, George.

George Biddle in military uniform [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 4x5, Safety, BW.

George Biddle, American painter and printmaker, 1885-1973.

Biddle, George.

George Biddle in military uniform [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 4x5, Safety, BW.

George Biddle, American painter and printmaker, 1885-1973.

Biddle, George.

George Biddle and his wife Helene Sardeau and child [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 8x10, Nitrate, BW.

copy 1 negative: 8x10, Safety, BW.

George Biddle, American painter and printmaker, 1885-1973.

Helene Sardeau, American sculptor, 1899-1969.

Biddle, George.

George Biddle as He Looked the Morning After the Wanger Party [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Title transcribed from negative.

Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 8x10, Safety, BW.

George Biddle in military uniform with unidentified man [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 4x5, Safety, BW.

George Biddle, American painter and printmaker, 1885-1973.

Biddle, George.
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