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    John F. Kennedy: Presidential Portrait Print by Norman Rockwell. Limited edition print, 15" x 20", encased in rigid portfolio with presidential seal. On October 29, 1960, the Saturday Evening Post published on its cover Norman Rockwell's portrait of John F. Kennedy. The painting was originally commissioned and painted in the summer of 1960 when Senator Kennedy was 43 and a presidential candidate. At 8:00am on June 11, 1960, Rockwell and his photographer arrived at Senator Kennedy's Hyannisport home. He knocked and knocked again. Receiving no answer, he began to suspect that perhaps he had mistaken the day, when he heard something above. Looking up, he saw Senator Kennedy leaning out of an upstairs window, hair askew, pajamas rumpled, and smiling. "Yes? Who's there?" "Mr. Kennedy, I'm Norman Rockwell. I've come to take some pictures for your portrait." "Yes? Oh yes - Mr. Rockwell! Well, go right on in. I'll be down in a minute." After the senator had eaten his breakfast, Kennedy and Rockwell discussed different looks for the portrait. After a walk down to the water to see JFK's sailboat, they returned to the house and achieved just the expression they wanted: serious, relaxed, dignified. Twice more, this painting was to appear: in December 1963 and September 1975, the only one of Rockwell's paintings to appear three times on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. In 1976, Robert A. Drew purchased the original painting, and arranged with American Heritage Graphics to produce a limited edition print of the portrait. This is 2036/2500 of that edition, enclosed in a handsome blue rigid portfolio bearing the presidential seal and JFK's and Rockwell's signatures in gold. Accompanying this lot is a booklet with photographs of the painter and subject, along with the full story of their encounter. Excellent condition.

    From the collection of Dr. Dean Rudoy. For more information, please click here.


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