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    Franklin Roosevelt Signed Original Pencil Portrait by E. A. Burbank. The sketch, measuring 11" x 16", is inscribed by the artist "For President F. D. Roosevelt. Compliments of E. A. Burbank 1939" and signed "Franklin D. Roosevelt" in pencil by the president. The drawing is attractively framed and matted (18" x 22.5" overall).

    The drawing appears to be a portrait from life as the dark pencil used by FDR to sign the portrait appears to be the same pencil used in the dark areas of the drawing. The detailed head and shoulders portrait of the president shows his left profile, with FDR looking up slightly.

    Elbridge Ayer Burbank (1858-1949) was an American artist born on in Harvard, Illinois. A painter of portraits of Native Americans whose work is represented in the Field Museum, the Newberry Library in Chicago, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. In his first job for Northwest Magazine, after graduating from the Chicago Art Academy, Burbank traveled along the territory of the Northern Pacific Railway, across the Rockies to the Pacific Coast, painting scenes which would sell the area to potential homesteaders. He then studied in Munich, Germany under Paul Nauen and Frederic Fehr in 1886, alongside Leigh, Sharp, and Rosenthal. Returning to Chicago in 1892, he specialized in painting black subjects. In 1895, his uncle, a museum president, commissioned a series of Western Indian portraits. Burbank painted the first portrait of Geronimo at Fort Sill, the only artist to paint Geronimo from life, and continued through the tribes of the Southwest, the West and the Pacific coast. Burbank depicted the leaders of one hundred twenty five tribes in more than twelve hundred works, including Chiefs Joseph, Sitting Bull, Rain-in-the-Face, Curley, and Red Cloud. Given the Indian name Many Brushes, his autobiography was Burbank among the Indians. Burbank, Oklahoma is named after him. Burbank's work is regarded as historically important. E. A. Burbank died on April 21, 1949 in San Francisco, California after being struck by a cable car.


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    Original and fabulous pencil portrait by E. A. Burbank, inscribed by the artist and additionally signed by the subject, President Roosevelt in 1939. Measuring 10 ¼ x 15," matted and framed to overall dimensions of 18 x 23," signed and dated in pencil by the artist E. A. Burbank. Additionally inscribed by Burbank "For President F. D. Roosevelt. Compliments of E. A. Burbank 1939," and also signed in full by FDR as President of the United States. Most certainly a portrait from life as the dark pencil used by FDR to sign the portrait appears to be the same pencil used in the dark areas of the drawing. The marvelously detailed head and shoulders portrait of the President shows his left profile, with FDR looking up slightly in a distinguished manner. This sensitive rendering is most impressive considering that the only medium used is pencil. Elbridge Ayer Burbank was an American artist born on August 10, 1858 in Harvard, Illinois to Abner Jewett and Anna Maria (Ayer) Burbank, and died April 21, 1949 in San Francisco, California after being struck by a cable car on January 27, 1949 in front of the Manx Hotel. A painter of portraits of Native Americans whose work is represented in the Field Museum, the Newberry Library in Chicago, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. In his first job for Northwest Magazine, after graduating from the Chicago Art Academy, Burbank traveled along the territory of the Northern Pacific Railway, across the Rockies to the Pacific Coast, painting scenes which would sell the area to potential homesteaders. He then studied in Munich, Germany under Paul Nauen and Frederic Fehr in 1886, alongside Leigh, Sharp and Rosenthal. Returning to Chicago in 1892, he specialized in painting black subjects. In 1895, his uncle, a museum president, commissioned a series of Western Indian portraits. Burbank painted the first portrait of Geronimo at Fort Sill, the only artist to paint Geronimo from life, and continued through the tribes of the Southwest, the West and the Pacific coast. Burbank depicted the leaders of one hundred twenty five tribes in more than twelve hundred works, including Chiefs Joseph, Sitting Bull, Rain-in-the-Face, Curley and Red Cloud. Given the Indian name Many Brushes, his autobiography was Burbank among the Indians. Burbank, Oklahoma is named after him. Burbank's work is regarded as historically important. An original, historic, and fabulous pencil portrait of FDR, signed by the artist E. A. Burbank and President Roosevelt.



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