Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Making of a Masterpiece: Teddy's Fourth of July
Phase 13

Jim Foote impersonates T.R. at many events in Oyster Bay, as well as all over the country. In order to do his job so well, Jim has become an expert on Roosevelt. He helped with research, and posed for me in Roosevelt’s typical Panama hat and white linen suit.
— Mort Künstler


On a hot summer day in turn-of-the-century Oyster Bay, residents would have been greeted by Roosevelt in a cool linen suit, striding past the actual shops of the period seen in the background of the painting.

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