Exceptional engraved color portrait of a tranquil river scene entitled “The President's House, from Washington” by William Radclyffe after William Henry Bartlett, 6 x 4.5, attractively displayed below the original 10.75 x 9.5 presentation mat, calligraphically inscribed in black ink, “For: Rex W. Scouten,” and signed in the lower border in black ballpoint, “John F. Kennedy” and “Christmas 1963. With our deepest appreciation, Jacqueline Kennedy.” Framed and in fine condition. After years serving as an assistant, former Secret Service agent Rex Scouten became the White House Chief Usher in 1969, working for seventeen years under four presidential administrations before assuming the role of White House Curator from 1986 to 1997. Enhanced furthermore by its distinction of being a Kennedy-signed 1963 holiday present—the first couple signed these in advance of the holiday season and JFK’s tragic trip to Dallas—this uncommon engraving was personally gifted to the longtime head of White House staff and operations. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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