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    Eleanor Roosevelt: Framed Olin Dows Print Signed.
    -Christmas 1956. 19.5" x 12.5". Framed to 22" x 15".
    -To: Helen Schloss.
    -Minor toning and wear, else fine.

    This woodblock print featuring the FDR Library and Museum on a winter's day is inscribed and signed in the bottom margin (in full): "To Hester Schloss on Xmas 1956 / Eleanor Roosevelt".

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    A lovely original print of the FDR Library and Museum on a winter's day, by Olin Dows. The piece has been personally inscribed and signed by Eleanor Roosevelt to Helen Schloss as a Christmas gift, 1956. The print is in its original frame, as presented as a 1956 Christmas gift, and measures 22 x 15" overall. Olin Dows was an American artist, friend and Hudson River neighbor of the Roosevelt Family. He was a Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the American Federation of the Arts and was named Head of the Treasury Relief Art Project in 1935, active in New Deal art projects. In 1939 he painted the Rhinebeck, New York post office murals, and in 1941 painted the Hyde Park post office murals. In 1949 Dows wrote and illustrated Franklin Roosevelt at Hyde Park, Drawings and Text, for which this watercolor was an original painting. In an autobiographical statement written in 1949 for the book Franklin Roosevelt at Hyde Park, Olin Dows writes: "I was born in Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y., on August 14, 1904. When I was four my family moved to Rhinebeck, N.Y., and built a large house next to my maternal grandfather's place. I live in this old house of my grandfather's now. When I was 12 I went to St. Mark's School, Southboro, Mass., entering the second form. By that time I was quite sure I was going to be a painter. My admiration at this early age were Maxfield Parrish, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Remingon, Augustus John, Charles Dana Gibson, Blake, Whistler and the docorative work of Robert Chanler. I enjoyed Whistler's writing and thought his squabbles very smart indeed. My other great enthusiasm of those days was Bernard Shaw. That moral enthusiasm has stayed with me. My admiration for Whistler's character has been greatly modified. As a small boy I had the good fortune to be given drawing lessons by C. K. Chatterton, who was teaching at Vassar College. I entered Harvard College–Class of ‘26. I expected to get my A.B. in 3 years and consequently took on a heavy schedule. I took the one available drawing course, went to M.I.T. night school in Boston, did portraits and screens in my room, and took a course in Architectural Drawing. Having promised the family I would stay in college two years, I finished them and then went to the Yale Art School. There I studied with Eugene Savage, whose work I greatly admired, and Edwin Cassius Taylor, a pupil of Kenyon Cox's who had much of his master's fine understanding of the classics. In 1934-39 Edward Bruce initiated the first Art program the U.S. Government had ever undertaken. I was living in Washington, D.C., then, and Edward Bruce invited me to the organizing meeting at his house. For more than two years I worked on various aspects of the administration of the art projects. It was an important experience. It gave me a sense of the greatness of this country, and the power of the American artists. For a few months before and after Pearl Harbor I worked with the Office of Civilian Defense in Washington, then enlisted and was sent to the 603rd Engineers at Camp Mead, Maryland, where I eventually became a sergeant. While waiting to go to Officers Candidates School, George Biddle wrote and asked me if I would like to be one of three war artists to be sent to the European Theatre of Operations. I was glad to go and was attached to the Historical Section Headquarters in London. From there we war artists were sent out on assignments to various units in the field for from one to three weeks; making records of the various kinds of training, or on maneuvers. When the invasion of France took place, I was assigned to the 35th Infantry Division and stayed with them till the autumn. During that time I saw many things and had the good luck to bring in a large group of German prisoners. I carried a notebook, a fountain pen, a camera and a carbine. When the 35th Division halted near Metz I returned to the Historical Section which had by then moved to Paris. From there I went on several assignments–the most important of which was to Bastogne. Since my return I have resumed the country life I'd left–I feel my painting has grown and improved. Much as I enjoy many of the modern fashions of painting–my own expression has continued on the objective, rather realistic vein." A fabulous and original Olin Dows work, signed by Eleanor Roosevelt.

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