Stunning color 17 x 22 Yousuf Karsh photographic portrait print of John and Jacqueline Kennedy, captioned “The President and Mrs. John Fitzgerald Kennedy,” signed and inscribed in the lower border in black ink, “For the Duke, with the esteem of his friend, John F. Kennedy,” and in blue ballpoint, “Jacqueline Kennedy, 2–6–61.” Printed text in the lower right border credits the photo to Ottawa of Karsh. In fine condition, with minor spots of discoloration to the borders from old tape remnants on the reverse.
During a career that spanned over 60 years, portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh captured many of the most important figures of the 20th century. Immortalizing his subjects with an eye for lighting, color, and geometry, Karsh’s keen attention to detail is readily apparent in this dynamic portrayal. The Kennedys sat for Karsh on many occasions throughout their decade-long marriage, but it was 1957—the year this photo was taken—that would produce Karsh’s most complex and enduring images of the couple. This vivid senator-era image, signed as president and first lady, is a perfect characterization of couple’s stoic dignity embraced during their time in Camelot. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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