Teddy Roosevelt signed Photo to Pope Pius X Simply the Finest Known in Terms of Appearance and Content
Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1909), President. Large-format portrait photograph inscribed and signed ("Theodore Roosevelt") as President, by C.M. Bells of Washington D.C. (small embossed credit at lower right). N.p. [Washington, D.,C.], n.d. [ca.1906]. 490 x 400mm. (19.75 x 15.5".) including mount, the photograph is 13" x 10.75". The photograph neatly mounted (by the photographer) on buff card, enclosed in a contemporary frame, the print slightly oxidized, especially in dark portions of the image, minor foxing to mat. An excellent sepia-toned portrait of the President, seated, one leg crossed, gazing slightly to his left, attired in a suit, waistcoat (with watch-chain clearly visible), shirt and tie, a signet ring visible on the little finger of his left hand. Presented matted framed and glazed to a completed size of 25" x 29.5".
A LONG INSCRIPTION FROM PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT TO POPE PIUS X.
Boldly inscribed by the President in ink on the wide lower margin of the mount: "To His Holiness Pope Pius X with deep appreciation of his kindness, and with warm and heartfelt wishes for his prosperity and welfare, and with the assured belief that he will ever occupy the same high position he now holds in the eyes of all Christian statesmen, from Theodore Roosevelt April 30th 1906."
It is not surprising that Teddy Roosevelt would perceive Pius X to be a kindred soul. Born Giuseppe Sarto in 1835, he rose to the post of Bishop of Mantua in 1884, then was named Cardinal in 1893. Though opposed to Christian Democracy, he was noted for his exceptional concern for social issues, particularly the situation of the poor, and made conspicuous efforts to improve their lives. Provenance: John Aspinwall Roosevelt, purchased in a Rome shop, some 35 years ago. Sold at Christie's nearly 20 years ago for $23,500.
This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.
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