BEAUTIFUL SIGNED AND INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT.
Signed and inscribed by Roosevelt in ink on the matte below the image: “Inscribed for / Thruston Ballard / with the high regard of / Theodore Roosevelt / Feb 6th 1915”.
The photograph depicts a classic Roosevelt image, looking straight at the camera and elegantly attired in jacket, waistcoat and tie with his classic pince-nez. With “Copyright Harris & Ewing, Washington, D.C.” blind-stamp on the bottom left of the image. Harris & Ewing was a prominent photographic studio (by the 1930s it was the largest in the United States) based in Washington, D.C. It was formed by George W. Harris and Martha Ewing in 1905 under the encouragement of Theodore Roosevelt after Harris had served as part of Roosevelt’s press entourage.
The dedicatee, S. Thruston Ballard (1855-1926), was a contemporary politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky from 1919-1923.
Image: 6x9 in; including original matte: approx. 8.25 x 11.5 in; archivally framed and matted under UV-protecting glass to an overall size of approx. 12x15 in.
Washington, D.C.: Harris & Ewing, 1915. Silver print. Silvering around Harris & Ewing blindstamp, otherwise photograph strikingly fine, with signature and inscription exceptionally sharp. Uniform (and quite handsome) age-toning to matte, with whiter border visible that was presumably hidden under a previous frame.
A RARE SIGNED AND INSCRIBED CLASSIC IMAGE OF ROOSEVELT.
Price: $8,000 .