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Rosalynn Carter

Artist
Robert Clark Templeton, 11 May 1929 - 16 July 1991
Sitter
Rosalynn Smith Carter, born 18 Aug 1927
Date
1976
Type
Drawing
Medium
Pastel on illustration board
Dimensions
Image: 62.7 × 48.3 cm (24 11/16 × 19")
Sheet: 64.8 × 49.8 cm (25 1/2 × 19 5/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; donated by Mark, Kevin, and Tim Templeton, sons of the artist
Restrictions & Rights
© 1976, Templeton Collection
Object number
NPG.2013.70
Exhibition Label
During her years in the White House (1977–81), First Lady Rosalynn Carter expanded the role of the presidential spouse, regularly attending cabinet meetings and representing her husband, Jimmy Carter, in political forums at home and abroad. A committed and effective campaigner, she posed for this portrait a few days before embarking on a whistle-stop tour from Pittsburgh to Chicago during her husband’s successful first run for the presidency.
Carter has devoted much of her life to public service. For more than four decades she has championed the needs of people with mental illness while also advocating on behalf of numerous other causes, including the Equal Rights Amendment, early childhood immunization, Cambodian refugees, and the homeless. In 1982 she and her husband co-founded the Carter Center to promote peace and human rights around the globe. They jointly received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999.
Durante sus años en la Casa Blanca (1977–81), la primera dama Rosalynn Carter amplió las funciones esperadas de la esposa de un presidente. No solo asistía regularmente a las reuniones del gabinete, sino que representó a su esposo, Jimmy Carter, en foros políticos nacionales y en el exterior. También fue una dedicada y eficaz campañista; de hecho, posó para este retrato días antes de emprender una gira por pequeñas comunidades desde Pittsburgh hasta Chicago durante la exitosa primera campaña de su esposo para la presidencia.
Carter ha dedicado gran parte de su vida al servicio público. Por más de cuatro décadas ha defendido las necesidades de las personas con condiciones mentales y otras numerosas causas, entre ellas la Enmienda de Igualdad de Derechos, la vacunación en la niñez temprana, los refugiados camboyanos y las personas sin hogar. En 1982 fundó junto con su esposo el Carter Center para promover la paz y los derechos humanos alrededor del mundo. Ambos recibieron la Medalla Presidencial de la Libertad en 1999.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Place
United States\Georgia\Fulton\Atlanta