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    Two FDR Letters to his Official Portraitist

    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Two Typed Letters Signed as President to Noted British Artist Frank O. Salisbury.
    -December 18, 1936 & January 8, 1937. Washington, D.C. One page each. 7" x 9", White House letterhead.
    -To: Frank O. Salisbury of Hampstead, England.
    -Each very fine with a single flattened mailing fold. Light, insignificant mounting traces on verso of foldover lettersheet on each.

    These two letters are in regards to the gift of a book by Salisbury to the Roosevelts. The first letter reads: "Please accept my sincerest thanks for your nice letter of congratulations and cordial good wishes. I am deeply grateful to you./ I want you to know, too, how much I appreciate your kind offer to present to me a copy of your forthcoming volume. I shall, of course, be delighted to have it./ With my best wishes to you and Mrs. Salisbury for the Holiday season, Very sincerely yours..." This was also in response to a congratulatory letter from Salisbury regarding FDR's re-election as president.

    The second letter, dated a few days later, reads: "Mrs. Roosevelt and I are perfectly delighted to have the personally inscribed copy of 'The Art of Frank O. Salisbury,' which you were so good as to send us. It came just at Christmas time and was a most welcome addition to our gifts. We join in heartiest thanks to you./ We hope that you will be coming over to this side again soon and that we shall have the pleasure of seeing you./ And we join also in sending our very best wishes to you and Mrs. Salisbury./ Very sincerely yours..."

    Salisbury, once known as "Britain's Painter Laureate," was an extremely talented society portraitist. He painted many members of the Royal Family as well as Winston Churchill and six U.S. presidents. His portrait of FDR, accomplished in 1935, is still hanging as the official portrait in the White House.

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