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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Two Typed Letters Signed as President Regarding Portraitist Douglas Chandor.
    -February 7, 1942 & August 4, 1943. Washington, D.C. One page each. 7" x 9", White House letterhead.
    -To: Douglas Chandor of New York & Mrs. Douglas Chandor at Medical Arts Hospital in Dallas, Texas.
    -1942 letter in fine condition with mailing folds and light edge staining. 1943 letter in very fine condition with single mailing fold.

    Douglas Chandor was a British-born portrait artist who relocated to the United States in the 1920s. He is credited with approximately 300 portraits, many of major world leaders such as Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin, Sara, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Chandor painted the official portrait of FDR in the Hall of Presidents at the National Portrait Gallery. The first letter was written to Chandor himself and reads: "Dear Douglas:/ Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your thoughtful action in sending me a copy of the finished color plate reproduction of the splendid portrait which you painted of my mother in 1940. I am delighted to have it./ May I also, at this time, assure you that the original of this portrait of my dear mother is a possession which I shall always cherish. It hangs in the Library at Hyde Park where it has been much admired for its artistic merit and as a faithful portrait depicting my mother in a characteristic mood so familiar to those who knew her best./ I shall always be indebted to you for so priceless a treasure./ Very sincerely yours..."

    The second letter is to Chandor's second wife, the former Ina Kuteman Hill of Weatherford, Texas. It is addressed to her in care of the Medical Arts Hospital (just three miles from Heritage headquarters) in Dallas, Texas. Apparently, Chandor has had a medical problem and FDR writes: " Dear Ina:/ I am awfully sorry to hear about Douglas but it is good that he is coming along so well. Tell him not to do any (word any underlined by FDR himself) work. It makes absolutely no difference if the copy of my Mother's portrait is not completed until later./ I hope to see you both soon./ Very sincerely yours..." Both Douglas and Ina are buried in Weatherford where he spent much of the last sixteen years of his life creating a unique and beautiful four-acre garden, a "living artwork." It is currently open to the public and available for private tours and parties.


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