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Franklin Roosevelt

Franklin Roosevelt
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Yousuf Karsh, 23 Dec 1908 - 13 Jul 2002
John Buchan, 1875 - 1940
William Lyon Mackenzie King, 17 Dec 1874 - 22 Jul 1950
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 30 Jan 1882 - 12 Apr 1945
James Roosevelt, 23 Dec 1907 - 13 Aug 1991
Gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet: 34 × 26.5 cm (13 3/8 × 10 7/16")
Mount: 50.9 × 40.5 cm (20 1/16 × 15 15/16")
Mat (Karsh exhibit): 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh
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Taking office in 1933 against the bleak backdrop of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt (1882–1945) responded quickly to this economic disaster with a host of regulatory and welfare measures that redefined the government’s role in American life. Among conservatives, the new federal involvement in matters traditionally left to the private sector was seen as a betrayal of American ideals. But in other quarters, Roosevelt’s activism inspired an unwavering popularity that led to his election to an unprecedented four terms.
During a state visit to Canada in July 1936, Roosevelt delivered an address and met for talks with Baron Tweedsmuir, governor general of Canada, and Canadian prime minister Mackenzie King. When the three men, accompanied by Roosevelt’s eldest son, posed stiffly for a group portrait on the terrace of the Citadel in Quebec City, Karsh pretended to click the shutter. Almost immediately, the quartet relaxed and it was only then that Karsh snapped this picture.
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