President Woodrow Wilson Autographed Photographic Portrait – President’s Hand Written Signature
Signed Photographic portrait of President Woodrow Wilson | Portrait hand signed / autographed by President Woodrow Wilson
Signed Photographed Portrait of President Woodrow Wilson | Photograph is by the official presidential photographers Harris & Ewing of Washington DC | Well Signed by President Wilson in the lower right margin; signature is bold, clear and unobstructed | Sight measures 10.25″ H x 6.5″ W | Housed in a black wood frame measuring 11″ H x 7.5″ W | Good overall condition with some toning to edges, needs to be cleaned out of the frame | Since this half-length portrait was an official presidential portrait by Harris & Ewing of Washington, D.C., Wilson was most likely President when he signed this item.
About the signor: Thomas Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856 – February 3, 1924) was an American statesman and academic who served as the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921. A member of the Democratic Party, Wilson served as the President of Princeton University from 1902 to 1910, and as Governor of New Jersey from 1911 to 1913, before winning the 1912 presidential election. As president, he oversaw the passage of progressive legislative policies unparalleled until the New Deal in 1933. He also led the United States during World War I, establishing an activist foreign policy known as “Wilsonianism.” He was one of the three key leaders at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, where he championed a new League of Nations, but he was unable to win Senate approval for U.S. participation in the League.
About the photographer: George W. Harris was a rookie news photographer when he covered the Johnstown flood of 1889 in Pennsylvania. He worked at Hearst News Service in San Francisco from 1900 to 1903, then joined President Theodore Roosevelt’s press entourage on a train trip. Roosevelt, or a San Francisco newspaper editor, angry at having no photograph of George Frisbie Hoar to run with the story of his death, urged him to open a studio in Washington to photograph notable people there. He took Ewing, an artist and colorist with whom he had worked; she financed the company and managed the studio.
Harris and Ewing opened their studio in 1905 at 1313 F Street NW. They replaced the building with the current building in 1924.
One of a series of candid photographs known as the Evolution of a Smile, taken just after a formal portrait session, as Taft learns by telephone from Roosevelt of his nomination for president.
In the late 1930s Harris & Ewing was the largest photographic studio in the United States; at its peak, it had five studios, 120 employees, and a news photo service, which, like Underwood & Underwood, employed large numbers of freelance photographers. Although it was particularly known for formal portraits of government figures, it was a full service photographic firm. They became well known in 1908 with The Anatomy of a Smile, a series of candid shots of William Howard Taft receiving the news by telephone of his nomination for the Presidency.Many performers also sat for portraits with the firm. Harris was the primary photographer until 1955, when he retired. He bought out Ewing’s share of the company in 1915, but she continued to assist, especially through her social connections. The news service was sold in 1945.
The Professional Photographers of America named its highest award after Harris.
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President Woodrow Wilson
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