Freda Reiter – Empty Grand Jury Room – Pastel Drawing

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Outside observers were barred from the grand jury hearings, but Reiter did her best to provide illustrations for the ongoing television coverage, gaining access to the empty grand jury room.

Pastel drawing, 17″ x 14″

Signature (detail)

Watergate exhibition page

Freda L. Reiter


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.