ORIGINAL PORTRAIT OF JOHN F. KENNEDY BY WILLIAM FRANKLIN DRAPER
WILLIAM FRANKLIN DRAPER (1912 - 2003) American artist and lieutenant commander in the United States Navy. A graduate of Harvard and the National Academy of Design, Draper entered the Navy in 1942. During his naval career, Draper painted the Aleutian Islands during the Japanese invasion of that island chain and later went on to paint the U.S. attacks on Palau, Truk Island, Saipan and Guam. Following the war he continued on as a successful painter of landscapes and portraits including John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and the Shah of Iran. A superb piece, a color pencil sketch, 12 1/2" x 10 1/4" (sight), a bust portrait of Kennedy as President, very likely a study for his 1962 oil that is now part of the White House art collection. Signed at lower right: "Wm F. Draper 62" The sketch is housed in a presentation folder. From the estate of Chester V. Clifton Jr. (1913-1991), Army major general who served as senior military aide to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. Clifton, who was responsible for the morning national security briefing, was in the motorcade in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963 and oversaw arrangements with the White House to deal with national security affairs immediately following Kennedy's assassination. He continued to serve in the White House under Johnson until 1965. Minor toning at edges, some minor wrinkles, with the edge of the folder mount peeling, else very good.