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Theodore Roosevelt
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Date
1907 (printed 1913)
Object number
NPG.77.311
Exhibition Label
Theodore Roosevelt was one of the most portrayed persons of his era. From the beginning of his career as a New York assemblyman in the early 1880s to his death in 1919, Roosevelt stayed almost perpetually in the public eye. Photographer Alvin Langdon recorded him in this image taken at the White House on April 1, 1907. Only twenty-four, Coburn was already realizing some of the most productive years of his career. Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, another subject of Coburn's camera, called him "the greatest photographer in the world," high praise that must have rankled other greats such as Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen. Still, there was no denying the vibrancy of Coburn's portraiture, the best of which he compiled in a book, Men of Mark (1913). This image of Roosevelt was included among the book's thirty-three prints of American and European authors, artists, and statesmen.
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Artist
Alvin Langdon Coburn, 11 Jun 1882 - 23 Nov 1966
Sitter
Theodore Roosevelt, 27 Oct 1858 - 6 Jan 1919
Medium
Photogravure
Dimensions
Image: 19.7 x 16.3cm (7 3/4 x 6 7/16")
Sheet: 21.6 x 17.6cm (8 1/2 x 6 15/16")
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6cm (18 x 14")
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Type
Photograph