"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Alice Roosevelt Longworth

This painting of Alice Roosevelt Longworth by John Gable hangs in the Willard Hotel in Washington DC.
"Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth (February 12, 1884 – February 20, 1980) was an American writer and prominent socialite. She was the oldest child of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and the only child of Roosevelt and his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee. Alice led an unconventional and controversial life. Her marriage to Representative Nicholas Longworth III (Republican-Ohio), a party leader and 43rd Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was shaky, and her only child Paulina was allegedly a result of her affair with Senator William Edgar Borah of Idaho. She temporarily became a Democrat during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and said in a 60 Minutes interview with Eric Sevareid, televised on February 17, 1974, that she was a hedonist." -- Wikipedia

Alice Roosevelt Longworth by John Gable

This 1902 photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston shows Alice Roosevelt Longworth standing in the  same pose as in the painting. (Library of Congress)

The Library of Congress also has this elegantly composed Johnston photo taken Mar. 24, 1902.

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