Alexius de Laszlo
-- British painter (1869-1937)
The White House, Washington, D.C.?
From: Valerie Colston
Date: found 10/13/2005
Bill Clinton at a
recent unveiling of his presidential portrait spoke of the meaning he
gleaned from the past presidential portraits. The following
transcript reveals the meaning and solace he gleaned from these
like John Singer Sargent's portrait of Theodore Roosevelt over
there. But there's one over in the Cabinet Room by a man named Laszlo
of Theodore Roosevelt [the one above]. I used to look at it all the
time when I felt bad and I worried, "Was the war in Bosnia going to
come out all right? Would the Kosovar refugees ever be able to go home?"
President Theodore Roosevelt
if you look at that picture, Theodore Roosevelt, who was known as our
most macho, bully, self-confident president, you look at that picture
and you see here's a human being who's scared to death and not sure
it's going to come out all right. And he does the right thing, anyway.
That's what I saw in that picture.
(Clinton quoted in the Washington Post Online)
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Laszlo was introduced to Roosevelt in 1908 by Arthur Lee, later
Lee of Fareham. In 1908 de Laszlo and his wife Lucy traveled to
U.S., where he executed portraits of Roosevelt and his wife
This was the subsequent portrait, painted in 1910. A copy of the first
one is below:
Adrian Lamb, after Philip de Laszlo's