National Portrait Gallery
(Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery)
America's Presidents Gallery
By Adrian Lamb (1901-1988)
Oil on canvas, 1967 copy after 1908 original
In 1901 after the assassination of President William McKinley, Roosevelt was soon rushing headlong into one of American history's most active presidencies. When Hungarian-born English artist Philip de Lászlo painted the original version of this portrait in 1908, he encouraged Roosevelt to have visitors chat with him during the sittings, apparently thinking that it made for a more animated likeness.
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