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    Richard Avedon (American, 1923-2004)
    Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy Jr., 1961
    Gelatin silver
    10-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches (26.7 x 26.7 cm)
    Signed in ink on lower edge. Photographer's copyright stamp mount verso.

    On January 3, 1961, Richard Avedon arrived at the Kennedy home in Palm Beach, FL to photograph president-elect John F. Kennedy and his young family. It was the same day that the United States ceased diplomatic relations with Cuba. These were the only formal portraits taken between the election and Kennedy's inauguration. Six images from this photo shoot appeared in the February 1961 issue of Harper's Bazaar. John Jr. was just 5 ½ weeks old. In 1965, when Richard Avedon donated a set of prints to the National Museum of American History it was this photograph that he chose to print and not the one of Jackie and John Jr. that appeared in the magazine.

    PROVENANCE:
    Jacqueline Kennedy;
    Letitia Baldrige, Jacqueline Kennedy's Social Secretary, 1961;
    Private collection, acquired from the estate of the above.

    LITERATURE:
    The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, Richard Avedon, Shannon Thomas Perich, Smithsonian, 2007.


    More information about Richard Avedon, also known as Avedon, Richard, Richard Avedon.

    Condition Report*: Sheet is dry mounted to board; overall toning and wear with minor loss to the board verso, not affecting the image; a few small scuffs to the lower right quadrant of the image, most noticeable in raking light.
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    April, 2020
    4th Saturday
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