First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's White House Portrait

Brand: LiberalDefinition

Product Code: 9953499

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  • Museum-quality posters
  • Meticulously resized to ensure maximum museum quality
  • Printed on thick, durable, archival matte paper
  • Lush, velvety texture
  • Vibrant and rich color
  • Unframed poster, shipped in protective heavy-duty cardboard tube

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    About this portrait:

    Painted by artist Douglas Chandor, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's White House portrait was commissioned by her son, Elliot. Mrs. Roosevelt is shown facing forward and seated next to a table with her left hand turning a book page and her right hand holding a pencil. The background is nondescript and incompletely painted, almost as if raw canvas were left exposed. Three studies of her face, each with a different expression, and three studies of her hands—holding eyeglasses, playing with her ring, and knitting—are in the lower third of the painting. These visuals reflect a well-known fact about Mrs. Roosevelt: she famously rarely sat still. Her hands were always busy, and even when sitting at rest or visiting with guests, her hands were busily knitting so as to make full use of her time. 

    This painting has a unique history. It ended up being such an excellent piece that the artist infuriated a socially conscious Eleanor Roosevelt by increasing the price by five-fold. Mrs. Roosevelt would not allow her son to pay the higher price, and indeed would not permit anyone to pay such a high price for her portrait, leaving the work in the possession of the artist until 1965, when First Lady Lady Bird Johnson negotiated a price with the artist's widow.