Freda Reiter – Guards Outside Grand Jury Room – Pastel Drawing

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The secrecy of the grand jury hearings added even more suspense to the Watergate story. Barred from the proceedings, Reiter captured the heightened security and tension around the proceedings, as in this drawing of two guards outside the grand jury room.

Pastel drawing, 17″ x 14″

Watergate exhibition page

Freda L. Reiter


Since cameras were banned from courtrooms, news outlets depended on professional sketch artists like Freda Reiter for visuals. When Reiter was assigned the Watergate burglary trial, in 1973, she had no idea that she would be spending the better part of two years in Washington.

Watergate Courtroom Sketches by Freda L. Reiter, 1973–75

To provide sufficient visuals for the substantial airtime allotted to the story each night, Reiter made multiple sketches a day: close-up portraits, as well as wide-angle views of the courtroom incorporating as many as 28 figures.