Francisco Oller y Cestero, President William McKinley

In this remarkable portrait, Oller marks the moment that control of Puerto Rico was transferred from Spain to the United States.

Francisco Oller y Cestero, President William McKinley, 1898, oil on canvas, 147.3 x 83.8 cm (Collection of Dr. Eduardo Pérez and family). Speakers: Dr. Taína Caragol, Curator of Painting and Sculpture and Latino Art and History, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution and Dr. Steven Zucker

Taína Caragol and Kate Clarke Lemay, editors, 1898: Visual Culture and U.S. Imperialism in the Caribbean and the Pacific, exhibition catalogue (Washington, D.C.: National Portrait Gallery, 2023).

Natalia Ángeles Vieyra, “Problem Portraits: Francisco Oller in the Age of US Imperialism,” Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art , volume 7, number 2 (Fall 2021).

Cite this page as: Dr. Taína Caragol, Curator of Painting and Sculpture and Latino Art and History, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Francisco Oller y Cestero, President William McKinley," in Smarthistory, March 28, 2024, accessed June 21, 2024, https://smarthistory.org/francisco-oller-y-cestero-president-william-mckinley/.