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John Singer Sargent: Theodore Roosevelt  wikidata:Q28796800 
creator QS:P170,Q155626
John Singer Sargent: Theodore Roosevelt
Object type painting
Depicted people Theodore Roosevelt
Date 1903
date QS:P571,+1903-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
Medium oil on canvas
medium QS:P186,Q296955;P186,Q4259259,P518,Q861259
Dimensions Height: 147.6 cm (58.1 ″); Width: 101.6 cm (40 ″)
dimensions QS:P2048,147.6U174728;P2049,101.6U174728
institution QS:P195,Q35525
Current location
Washington, D.C., United States
Accession number
1903.1328.1 (White House)

Portrait of Theodore Roosevelt slightly cropped. Notes from Kloss, William, et al. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2008:
"In Roosevelt's official presidential portrait Sargent seized upon two of the President's most salient characteristics, physical vitality and a self-assurance bordering on arrogance, and he painted a tour de force of nuanced blacks, grays, browns, and creams. . . .

"The famous expatriate artist arrived in America in January 1903 and soon received a letter from Roosevelt inviting him to live in the White House during the month of February to work on the portrait. . . .

"Together [Sargent and Roosevelt] toured the White House while Sargent looked for proper light and a good pose. . . . As Roosevelt led the way upstairs, so the story goes, he said, 'The trouble with you Sargent, is that you don't know what you want.' 'No,' replied the artist, "the trouble, Mr. President, is that you don't know what a pose means.' Roosevelt turned sharply back, grasped the newel-post and snapped, 'Don't I!' 'Don't move an inch. You've got it now,' responded Sargent. . . . .

"Sargent formalized the pose as an official portrait demands, but the highly colored face and hand bring the painting to vivid life. . . . The expression--a near scowl with narrowed eyes focused on the view--and the vigorously modeled head compel attention and respect."
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