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    Nine Sketches of Presidents and One First Lady, All Signed. All near 5" x 8.5" and signed in the lower margin. Presidential subjects and signatures include Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon (3), Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan, along with First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Two contain short inscriptions and dates: Truman (March 7, 1966) and Nixon (August 31, 1990).

    The pencil sketches are by artist John E. Raitt, a civic-minded resident of Delhi, New York. Raitt, who died at the age of ninety-one in 2004, began sketching politicians as a teenager. He sent many of the sketches to their subjects, who often signed them and returned them. The artist has signed all ten of these sketches. Some have smoothed folds, but all are in fine condition.


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    October, 2010
    14th-15th Thursday-Friday
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