Mr. Hyde and Mr. Hyde

Posted May 14, 2003 at 5:27pm

Will the real Chairman Hyde please stand up? Rep. Henry Hyde of Illinois has chaired the International Relations Committee only since the beginning of the 107th Congress, but he’s already unveiled his official portrait in the Longworth House Office Building committee room. The Republican’s portrait also keeps a watchful eye over proceedings in the Judiciary Committee hearing room in the Rayburn House Office Building, where Hyde presided for three Congresses. The chairman commissioned South Carolina portrait artist Michael Del Priore to paint both pieces, and the portraits provide a good game of find the differences. Although fewer props are used in the new painting, they are eerily similar, right down to the pattern on the tie. So does Hyde have a favorite? “He likes both of them,” his spokeswoman says.