FIRST LADY LADY BIRD JOHNSON - PRINTED ART SIGNED IN INK - HFSID 215377
Sale Price $252.00
LADY BIRD JOHNSON. Printed Image inscribed and signed: "My best wishes/to Selwyn Gamble/Lady Bird/Johnson". Color, 11x14. Reproduction of a portrait of President Lyndon B. Johnson by Sam J. Patrick. ©1968, Bowmar Publishing Corp. and ©1972, 1976 by Ottenheimer Publisher, Inc. From Patrick's "Portraits of the Presidents" series, in which he used special wax colored pencils to impart a "remarkable realism and detail to the color portrait". Biographical information on LBJ, historical events from Johnson's presidency and information on the artist imprinted on verso. Born Claudia Alta Taylor in 1912, "Lady Bird" received her nickname after the family nursemaid, Alice Tittle, remarked that the baby of Thomas and Minnie Taylor was "as purty as a little lady bird". On November 6, 1934, she married Lyndon Baines Johnson(1908-1973) in San Antonio, Texas. Lady Bird was a shrewd businesswoman who parlayed a small inheritance into a multimillion-dollar fortune in addition to raising the couple's two daughters, Lynda Bird and Luci Baines. Both married while their father was President (1963-1969) and Lady Bird was pursuing an active role as First Lady (she is best known for actively promoting national beautification projects). She published a journal of those years, A White House Diary, in 1970. Following her husband's term, the Johnsons returned to their Texas ranch, where LBJ died in 1973 (the couple had been married for 39 years and 66 days at the time of his death). On December 22, 2005, Mrs. Johnson celebrated her 93rd birthday. Among First Ladies, only Bess Truman, who died at 97 in 1982, has lived longer. Lightly creased, light horizontal crease at "Bird" of Mrs. Johnson's signature. Worn at corners and edges. Slightly shaded at perimeter on verso. Overall, fine and impressive.
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