Headquarters

Directors Portrait Gallery

About the Directors Portrait Gallery

Official portraits of the former CIA directors are located on the first floor corridor of the Original Headquarters Building. Each director chooses the artist he wishes to paint his portrait after he leaves office. The gallery contains portraits of the Directors of Central Intelligence beginning with Rear Admiral Sidney W. Souers (USNR) and currently concluding with Leon E. Panetta. Each portrait is painted only after the Director completes his tenure.

The portrait gallery also includes a portrait of Major General William J. Donovan. While Gen. Donovan did not hold the position of Director of Central Intelligence, he did serve as the Director of the Office of Strategic Services, the World War II-era forerunner of CIA. To learn more about the men in the portraits, read The Directors and Deputy Directors of Central Intelligence located in the Center for the Study of Intelligence section of our Web site.

Director's Gallery
Major General William J. Donovan

Coordinator of Information
11 July 1941–13 June 1942
Director of Strategic Services
13 June 1942–1 October 1945
Portrait by Thomas E. Stevens, 1957
Not a work of the US Government

Rear Admiral Sidney W. Souers

23 January–10 June 1946
Portrait by Clarence Lamont MacNelly
Not a work of the US Government

Lt. General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, USA

10 June 1946–1 May 1947
Portrait by Clarence Lamont MacNelly
Not a work of the US Government

Rear Admiral Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter, USN

1 May 1947–7 October 1950
Portrait by Marcella Comes
Not a work of the US Government

Gen. Walter Bedell Smith, USA

7 October 1950–9 February 1953
Portrait by William F. Draper, 1958
Not a work of the US Government

The Honorable Allen W. Dulles

26 February 1953–29 November 1961
Portrait by Gardner Cox, 1961
Not a work of the US Government

The Honorable John A. McCone

29 November 1961–28 April 1965
Portrait by Cedric Baldwin Egeli, after William F. Draper
Not a work of the US Government

Vice Admiral William F. Raborn, Jr., USN (Ret.)

28 April 1965–30 June 1966
Portrait by Rudolph A. Bernatschke
Not a work of the US Government

The Honorable Richard M. Helms

30 June 1966–2 February 1973
Portrait by William F. Draper, 1971
Not a work of the US Government

The Honorable James R. Schlesinger

2 February 1973–2 July 1973
Portrait by Lloyd Embry, 1973
Not a work of the US Government

The Honorable William E. Colby

4 September 1973–30 January 1976
Portrait by Lloyd Embry, 1974
Not a work of the US Government

The Honorable George H. W. Bush

30 January 1976–20 January 1977
Portrait by Clarence Lamont MacNelly, 1977
Not a work of the US Government

Admiral Stansfield Turner, USN (Ret.)

9 March 1977–20 January 1981
Portrait by Cedric Baldwin Egeli, 1985
Not a work of the US Government

The Honorable William J. Casey

28 January 1981–29 January 1987
Portrait by Everett Raymond Kinstler, 1984
Not a work of the US Government

The Honorable William H. Webster

26 May 1987–31 August 1991
Portrait by Everett Raymond Kinstler, 1990
Not a work of the US Government

The Honorable Robert M. Gates

6 November 1991–20 January 1993
Portrait by Everett Raymond Kinstler, 1993
Not a work of the US Government

The Honorable R. James Woolsey

5 February 1993–10 January 1995
Portrait by Everett Raymond Kinstler
Not a work of the US Government

The Honorable John M. Deutch

10 May 1995–15 December 1996
Portrait by Everett Raymond Kinstler
Not a work of the US Government

The Honorable George J. Tenet

16 December 1996–11 July 2004
Portrait by Steven Polson, 2008
Not a work of the US Government

The Honorable Porter J. Goss

24 September 2004–21 April 2005
Portrait by Chas Fagan, 2008
Not a work of the US Government

General Michael V. Hayden

30 May 2006–9 February 2009
Portrait by Steven Polson, 2012
Not a work of the US Government

The Honorable Leon E. Panetta

13 February 2009–30 June 2011
Portrait by Steven Polson, 2014
Not a work of the US Government