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'House of Cards' President Frank Underwood portrait unveiled at National Portrait Gallery

Kevin Spacey plays President Frank Underwood in Netflix's 'House of Cards.' A presidential portrait of his character was unveiled last night at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Kevin Spacey plays President Frank Underwood in Netflix's 'House of Cards.' A presidential portrait of his character was unveiled last night at the National Portrait Gallery.

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In one of the most 2016 moments thus far, a portrait of House of Cards' President Francis J. Underwood was unveiled last night at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Yes, a painting of a character from a critically-acclaimed Netflix show is hanging amongst portraits of actual Presidents of the United States, along with other figures who've shaped our country and culture.

The show follows Frank Underwood, a politician with an insatiable thirst for power who isn't afraid to get his hands dirty — or bloody  on his journey to the presidency.

The rendering of actor Kevin Spacey in his role as the hardworking and often brutal Underwood is part of a joint project between British artist Jonathan Yeo and the museum, which houses the only other complete collection of presidential portraits outside of the White House.

In true fashion, Spacey arrived at the museum in character.

"I'm pleased that the Smithsonian continues to prove itself as a worthwhile institution," Underwood said in a Netflix release. "I'm one step closer to convincing the rest of the country that I am the President."

Spacey added his delight at seeing his character included in such a hallowed hall of presidential history.

"It is a real honor to be exhibited at the Smithsonian and a thrill to see Frank take his place among the presidents in this historic setting," he said.

In a clip posted on House of Cards' social media pages, Underwood is seen taking his anticipated trip to the gallery for the unveiling of his portrait. As a character who's capture the attention and adoration of fans and politicians alike, Underwood gazes fondly at a portrait of President Ronald Reagan as he heads to his limo, delivering this line:

"If they knew what was in my basement, they wouldn't hang me so close to Lincoln."

The portrait will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. starting February 24 through October.

The fourth season of House of Cards arrives on Netflix on March 4.

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 1:19pm]

    

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