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Edith Carow Roosevelt


Title: Edith Carow Roosevelt
Artist: Chartran, Théobald    
Date of Work: 1902
Medium/Support: oil on canvas
Measurements: 58 1/4 x 50 1/4 in (148 x 127.6 cm)
Inscribed: Yes
Inscription Type: signed and dated
Inscription Location: lower left
Inscription Text: Chartran / Washington D.C. / 1902
Acquisition Information: Gift of the French Republic
Acquisition Number: 902.1477.1
Credit Line: The White House Historical Association (White House Collection)
Scholar's Notes:

"Mrs. Roosevelt, wife of President Theodore Roosevelt, posed for this formal-informal portrait in the colonial garden. (The South Portico in the background has been repositioned by the artist for pictorial effect.) . . . "Despite the black coat and splendid black feathered hat, the painting is filled with light, due not only to the extensive areas of white and the light underpaint but also to the sea green found in much of the picture--in the background, in the subject's eyes, and as a tint in the white of the bench. [Edith Roosevelt's] biographer felt that 'the pose characteristically combined informality with regality and the calm that was always Edith's most noted attribute.'"

Source of Scholar's Notes: Kloss, William, et al. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2008.
Page Number(s) in Source: 232
People: Roosevelt, Edith   
Categories: White House Art Collection, Images of First Ladies  
Type: portraits   
whitehousehistory.org:

A brief biography of First Lady Edith Roosevelt.

Orientation: Portrait
Image ID: 39
Date (chronological sort): 1902