Monday, February 04, 2008


This 1916 cowboy scene by WHD Koerner (1878-1938) is apparently George W Bush’s favourite painting. For some reason Bush tells people it is a picture of missionaries and has renamed it A Charge to Keep. In fact it is called The Slippery Tongue, and was originally published as an illustration for a short story about a thief in The Saturday Evening Post in 1916

If you’re up to it, Koerner’s studio can be visited at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's Whitney Museum of Western Art in Cody, Wyoming.

Anyone got thoughts on the fave paintings for Clinton, Obama, McCain, Romney and Huckabee? Glittering prizes.

Sources: Salon and Guardian