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    Franklin Roosevelt: Original Portrait by A. E. Morley. Pen, pencil, and charcoal on board, 14" x 20.5". Framed in a damaged gilt frame with a contemporary French mat (25" x 33.5" overall). The portrait, signed "A. E. Morley" to the left below the image, shows a pleasant and smiling FDR. There is minor water staining and light browning to the board.

    The portrait hung at the American Servicemen's Stage Door Canteen in London during World War II. When the Club closed down at the end of the war it was given to Mr. Albert Goodman, a member of the Sporting Club of Great Britain and on the committee that provided funds for the Stage Door Canteen. Upon Goodman's death the portrait and other assets were sold to Freeman Advertising Limited.


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    An original black and white pencil lithograph of FDR by A. E. Morley from World War II which was displayed in London during the War itself. Accompanying the portrait of FDR is a letter dated March 9, 1976 from Deryk Taylor of Presslink Associates, Sussex, England, to Mr. R. McFarlane, American Club, London, England, explaining the significance of this wonderful portrait. Mr. Taylor writes, in part: "Dear Mr. McFarlane,/ Further to our telephone conversations with regard to the pencil portrait of ‘F.D.R.,' I am writing to confirm that it has been restored to its original condition and available for your committee's viewing at any time. As it is of historic interest apart from being a brilliant piece of work, I feel they may be interested./ As I believe I explained to you, this portrait hung at the American Servicemen's Stage Door Canteen in London during the war, and will no doubt be remembered by many ex-servicemen visiting your Club./ The history of the painting is briefly as follows: –/ It came into my possession when I was Managing Director of Freeman Advertising Limited through a Company which we absorbed on the death of its owner – Mr. Albert Goodman. He was a member of the Sporting Club of Great Britain and was on a Committee which provided funds for the Stage Door Canteen. He told me once that he had always admired the portrait and when the Club closed down at the end of the war it was given to him. Mr. Goodman died about 10 years ago and this portrait together with other items of equipment were absorbed into Freeman Advertising and later into this Company. I confirm that I have the sole entitlement to dispose of this portrait in any way I see fit." A wonderful and historic portrait of FDR, framed in antique goldleaf to a final measurement of 25 x 34."



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