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John and Jacqueline Kennedy
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Exhibition
America's Presidents (Reinstallation September 2017)
On View
NPG, West Gallery 210
Date
1957
Object number
NPG.2012.77.61
Exhibition Label
The 1953 marriage of John F. Kennedy (1917–1963) and Jacqueline Bouvier (1929–1994) was the event of the season. Both were from wealthy, influential New England families in the public eye. John was a war hero and rising political star, and Jackie was a stylish photographer-reporter, who had covered high-profile events such as the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Portrayed by the world-renowned photographer Yousuf Karsh in 1957, the Kennedys epitomized the power couple at the time. That year, Jackie gave birth to their oldest child, Caroline Kennedy. Additionally, John F. Kennedy’s book, Profiles in Courage (1956), was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for biography. Still four years from his presidency, Kennedy was working in the Senate to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957, which would uphold progress made toward desegregation. Soon after, the couple began campaigning for his reelection to the Senate.
El matrimonio en 1953 de John F. Kennedy (1917–1963) y Jacqueline Bouvier (1929–1994) fue el evento de la temporada. Ambos pertenecían a familias adineradas, influyentes y reconocidas de Nueva Inglaterra. John era un héroe de guerra y una estrella política en ascenso, mientras que Jackie era una elegante reportera gráfica que había cubierto eventos tan destacados como la coronación de la Reina Isabel II. Retratados por el fotógrafo de renombre mundial Yousuf Karsh, los Kennedy eran la encarnación de la pareja poderosa del momento. Aquel año, Jackie dio a luz a su hija mayor, Caroline Kennedy. Además, el libro de John F. Kennedy, Perfiles de coraje (1956), recibió el Premio Pulitzer en biografía. Aún a cuatro años de su presidencia, Kennedy trabajaba en el Senado por la aprobación de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1957, que ratificaría el progreso realizado en el proceso de desegregación. Poco después, la pareja emprendió su campaña para la reelección al Senado.
Type
Photograph
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh
Artist
Yousuf Karsh, 23 Dec 1908 - 13 Jul 2002
Sitter
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 29 May 1917 - 22 Nov 1963
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, 28 Jul 1929 - 19 May 1994
Place
United States\Rhode Island\Newport\Rhode Island\Newport
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 31.4 x 26.3 cm (12 3/8 x 10 3/8")
Sheet: 42.4 x 35.3 cm (16 11/16 x 13 7/8")
Mount: 48.4 x 40.7 cm (19 1/16 x 16")
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
© Estate of Yousuf Karsh