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

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Theodore Roosevelt

This 1967 statue of Theodore Roosevelt by Paul Manship stands in the the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial on Theodore Roosevelt Island.

 1859 Theodore Roosevelt 1919

 Paul Manship Sculp.

Manship originally proposed an Armillary Sphere as the centerpiece of the Roosevelt Memorial. But Alice Roosevelt Longworth and other members of the public objected. Alice described it as a "celestial jungle gym."  In the end, the sphere was replaced by the large statue of Roosevelt. See Paul Manship's Armillary Sphere, NPS.

The Roosevelt Statue was dedicated on Oct. 27, 1967, Roosevelt's 109th birthday. Park Rangers posed with the statue at the dedication. See Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums


Roosevelt makes a distinctive rhetorical gesture with his right hand.

Roosevelt's characteristic gesture is captured in this 1902 Underwood & Underwood photo.

See also:
Roosevelt Island, Anne E. Kidd,  HABS
Evolution of Roosevelt Island, Anne E. Kidd et al., HABS

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