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    Jacqueline, Caroline, and John Jr.: A Wonderful Oil Portrait by Aaron Shikler. President and Mrs. Kennedy became familiar with the work of this master portrait artist through the Peter Lawford branch of the family. Mrs. Kennedy commissioned him to paint several portraits of her children, and was so pleased with his work that she selected him to paint her official White House portrait. In 1970 she would again select Shikler to create the official portrait of the late President, to hang in perpetuity in the White House.

    The marvelous, whimsical painting offered here shows an immediately recognizable Jackie, sitting in a tree house with her children. It remained in the family until 2005, when it was included in the February Sotheby's New York auction of items coming directly from the Kennedy family where another larger painting of Mrs. Kennedy and the children by Shikler was the most expensive artwork in the sale, fetching $216,000. This diminutive painting is utterly charming, and the enamored Mr. Harvey was so moved by the piece that he sought out Mr. Shikler and was granted a two-hour meeting to discuss the details of the painting and how it came to be. It was during this encounter that Mr. Shikler related that he had been commissioned by Jackie Kennedy to create this piece for Mr. Onassis as a Christmas gift during their second year of marriage. In its elegant, original frame this 7 inch by 9.5 inch work is clearly one of the most exciting pieces in the Harvey Collection.

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    May, 2015
    18th Monday
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