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Artist:
Adrian Lamb, 1901 - 1988  Search this
Copy after:
Philip Alexius de László, 1869 - 1937  Search this
Sitter:
Theodore Roosevelt, 27 Oct 1858 - 6 Jan 1919  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
132.7 x 101.6 x 3.8cm (52 1/4 x 40 x 1 1/2")
Frame: 152.4 x 121.3 x 7.6cm (60 x 47 3/4 x 3")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1967 copy after 1908 original
Exhibition Label:
Twenty-sixth president, 1901–1909
An outsize personality who preached the benefits of the “strenuous life” while also being among themost learned of presidents, Theodore Roosevelt gained national prominence as a civil service reformer, a hero of the Spanish-American War, and a proactive governor of New York. After William McKinley was assassinated in 1901, Roosevelt took office and initiated one of American history’s most reform-oriented presidencies. His contributions would include implementing efforts to conserve the nation’s disappearing natural heritage, instituting some of the first significant curbs on the excesses of big business, and building the Panama Canal.
Despite having progressive views on labor and consumer issues, Roosevelt maintained conservative views on a number of social issues. For example, he felt convinced that a declining birthrate among old-stock Americans threatened the nation as a whole and therefore opposed immigration, birth control, and the redefinition of women’s roles. Roosevelt was a fascinating bundle of contradictions, above all as a patrician who realized that unless essential reforms were initiated by government, American democracy was likely to fail.
26o presidente, 1901–1909
Hombre de inmensa personalidad que predicaba los beneficios de la “vida enérgica”, y uno de los presidents más eruditos, Theodore Roosevelt alcanzó prominencia nacional como reformador del servicio civil, héroe de la Guerra Hispano-Estadounidense y proactivo gobernador de Nueva York. Luego del asesinato de William McKinley en 1901, Roosevelt asumió la presidencia y dio inicio a uno de los gobiernos más reformistas en la historia de Estados Unidos. Sus aportaciones incluyen esfuerzos en pro de la conservación del patrimonio natural de la nación, que estaba en vías de desaparecer, algunas de las primeras limitaciones significativas a los excesos de las grandes empresas y la construcción del Canal de Panamá.
A pesar sus ideas progresistas en asuntos laborales y protección del consumidor, Roosevelt era conservador en lo concerniente a diversos problemas sociales. Por ejemplo, estaba convencido de que la disminuida tasa de nacimientos entre los estadounidenses de antiguo linaje era una amenaza para la nación, y por lo tanto se oponía a la inmigración, al control de la natalidad y a la redefinición de los roles femeninos. Roosevelt era un fascinante ser de contradicciones, sobre todo porque, siendo de alta cuna, sabía que a menos que el gobierno iniciara ciertas reformas esenciales, la democracia estadounidense estaba destinada al fracaso.
Provenance:
Commissioned by NPG in 1967, accessioned 1968.
Topic:
Costume\Dress Accessory\Glove\Gloves  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses\Pince-nez  Search this
Equipment\Sports Equipment\Equestrian Gear\Riding Crop  Search this
Theodore Roosevelt: Male  Search this
Theodore Roosevelt: Politics and Government\State Legislator\New York  Search this
Theodore Roosevelt: Literature\Writer  Search this
Theodore Roosevelt: Politics and Government\Vice-President of US  Search this
Theodore Roosevelt: Military\Army\Officer\Colonel  Search this
Theodore Roosevelt: Natural Resources\Explorer  Search this
Theodore Roosevelt: Politics and Government\Governor\New York  Search this
Theodore Roosevelt: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Theodore Roosevelt: Humanities and Social Sciences\Historian  Search this
Theodore Roosevelt: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Environmentalist  Search this
Theodore Roosevelt: Natural Resources\Agriculturist\Rancher  Search this
Theodore Roosevelt: Nobel Prize  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Theodore Roosevelt Association
Object number:
NPG.68.28
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
America's Presidents (Reinstallation September 2017)
On View:
NPG, West Gallery 210
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.68.28