58th Inaugural Luncheon
Welcoming and Opening Remarks
Senator Roy Blunt
Dr. Barry C. Black
Presentations and Toasts
Charles E. Schumer
Paul D. Ryan
Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.
Verdict of the People
by George Caleb Bingham
Oil on canvas, 1854-55
Courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879) rose to national prominence in the 1840s with his depictions of the western riverboatmen who moved goods along the Missouri River.
One of the most acclaimed achievements of this Missouri painter, however, is The Election Series, a group of three paintings that presents the democratic process, from public debate, to voting, to the announcement of elections, as it occurred in the small towns he knew well. Verdict of the People, 1854-55, is the final painting of this series.
Though grounded in the local, Bingham explained that he wanted the series to speak nationally in its portrayal of “liberty” as it appears in “the manners of a free people and free institutions.” Within this densely crowded scene, Bingham conveys the diversity of the voting populace in great detail. Men gathered in the street express both triumph and disappointment at the results, while a group of women-not allowed to vote in Bingham's time-look on from a balcony above. Comedic elements are also evident, such as the man at right wearing three hats, who seems to have won the wager of "I'll bet my hat!" Bingham's array of political commentary, humorous anecdotes, and interesting characters appealed to a national interest in American life on the frontier.
Gifts for the President and Vice PresidentOn behalf of the Congress and the American people, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies presents the President and Vice President of the United States with hand-cut, etched crystal bowls created by Lenox exclusively for the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Luncheon.
The inspiration for the bowls comes directly from the work of Pierre L’Enfant and Andrew Ellicott, who laid out the plans for the city of Washington, and defined the borders of the District of Columbia. The bowl crafted for the President features an illustration of the White House on one side and the Jefferson Memorial on the other. The Vice President’s bowl features an illustration of the Capitol on one side and the Lincoln Memorial on the other. Each bowl has a compass rose cut into the base that aligns with the cardinal directions of the illustrations. The bowls were designed by Timothy Carder, Vice President of Design for Lenox, and hand cut by master glass cutter Peter O’Rourke.
Chairman’s Gifts to AttendeesThe notecard set features original pencil drawings of the United States Capitol, the White House, and the Supreme Court of the United States by noted St. Louis, Missouri, artist L. Edward Fisher.
The accompanying pen and letter opener were handcrafted from Missouri walnut by Jon and Debbie Ortmann of Ortmann woodcraft. Much of the wood used for their products come from fallen trees on local farms in and around Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Annieglass, founded by Annie Morhauser in 1983 and renowned worldwide for its craftsmanship, creates uniquely handmade glassware in Watsonville, California.