Scarce collector's antique 1907 gravure art print of President `Theodore Roosevelt' & Biography. Official portrait of President Roosevelt as it hangs in the White House today. Opposite illustration is a historical text of President's life and administration. Original painting by Sargent. Impressive black sepia illustration is ready to mat & frame. Copyright, 1907 Bureau of National Literature & Art & Gravure Company of America. Print originates from White House Gallery of Official Portraits of Presidents folio book. Copyright-bottom left print.
Each print in series was painted by order of Congress, the artist being selected for their skill and reputation. Appreciation and historical review of the life of each President was prepared by a leading American, who had special knowledge of a certain period of our history, giving a beautiful word picture of the Presidents personality. Text by Alfred Henry Lewis. Facsimile signature beneath portrait. Biography begins with elaborate black & white illustrated letter.
Gravure printing is a very special process that is rarely done today due to high cost of printing process. An image is etched on the surface of a metal plate, the etched area is filled with ink, and then the plate is rotated on a cylinder that transfers the image to the paper or other material. Print on thick cardboard stock paper - biography thinner paper. Measures 16" X 20" w/ ivory border, image size approx 8" X 12".
Art print excellent condition for age, bright & clean, one thin scratch, approx 1" on jacket. Print border & back has some light yellowing, light edgewear right side, light corner bumping. Biographical page bright & clean. Border on plate & text does not show in full due to scanner size. This is a high quality stand alone print. Paper color lighter than scan-ivory/off-white.
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