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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 14, April 2, 2006, Article 30

DO PRESIDENTS POSE FOR MEDAL ARTISTS? WILSON VS THEODORE ROOSEVELT

Roger Burdette writes: "Regarding the topic of presidents posing
for medallists, during the Wilson administration, Philadelphia Mint
engraver Charles Barber made repeated requests to visit the White
House to capture President Wilson's likeness. Wilson consistently
refused and Barber finally gave up and worked from photographs.
One letter I recall reading in the archives indicated that Barber
would not be responsible for the quality of the likeness if he had
to work from photos.

President Theodore Roosevelt seemed to enjoy having artists about
the White House and Oyster Bay, and may have been the most
sketched-painted-sculpted President - at least from life."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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