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National Portrait Gallery Will Install the Portrait of President-elect Donald J. Trump Before Inauguration

December 9, 2016

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A photo portrait of President-elect Donald J. Trump will go on display at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Jan. 13, 2017, and remain on view throughout the inauguration festivities. The photograph, taken in 1989 by photographer Michael O’Brien, shows Trump tossing an apple with his right hand. It was added to the collection in 2011.

Because of Trump’s prominence in New York real estate, the museum has four works in the collection representing the president-elect.

Throughout his career, O’Brien has worked for Esquire, Life, the New York Times Sunday Magazine and National Geographic, among other publications. Well known for his portraiture and documentary photography, he has photographed presidents and personalities from different fields. His work is in the permanent collections of several museums around the country.

The image is available for press at; it can also be photographed or filmed in the museum after Jan. 13. For access, contact Marielba Alvarez at  

In January 2009, the Portrait Gallery displayed a portrait of President Barack Obama—the original artwork for Obama’s “Hope” poster, designed by Shepard Fairey. In 2013, the museum showcased a jacquard tapestry portrait of Obama by Chuck Close. 

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The National Portrait Gallery is part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Information: (202) 633-1000. Website: Connect with the museum at Facebook; Instagram; blog; Twitter and YouTube.

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Cropped portrait of Donald Trump
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Donald J. Trump

Portrait of Trump tossing an apple in the air

© Michael O'Brien

“Donald Trump” by Michael O’Brien, 1989 (printed 2011).

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution © Michael O'Brien