LARGE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT BY FABIAN BACHRACH OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY—THE IMAGE EVENTUALLY USED AS THE OFFICIAL PRESIDENTIAL PORTRAIT—BOLDLY INSCRIBED BY KENNEDY TO KENNEDY FAMILY FRIEND AND FINANCIAL ADVISOR TOM WALSH
(KENNEDY, John F.). Photograph inscribed. No place, no date. Black-and-white photographic print, measuring 8 by 9-1/2 inches; matted, entire piece measures 11 by 13-1/2 inches. $9500.
Large photographic print of Fabian Bachrach's iconic portrait of President Kennedy wearing a pinstripe suit, boldly inscribed in the margin to the Kennedy's family's "numbers man": "To Tom Walsh—with esteem and very best wishes—John Kennedy."
"In 1959, Kennedy, then a United States senator, sat for a Fabian Bachrach portrait. When the negatives were developed, none proved usable: the images were out of focus or showed Kennedy, who endured chronic back pain, standing awkwardly. 'This ate on my father for months and months and months,' Louis Bachrach said. Fabian Bachrach phoned Kennedy's office repeatedly, begging for another session. In the summer of 1960, he was granted an appointment and flew to Washington. He arrived to find his subject detained by all-night Senate proceedings. At last, just as Mr. Bachrach was about to be sent packing, Kennedy appeared. There was time for only six photographs. One, in black and white, depicts Kennedy from the chest up, looking directly into the camera. This became the presidential portrait, reproduced by the thousands" (New York Times). This photograph is inscribed to Thomas J. Walsh, a longtime financial advisor for the Kennedy family and a treasured family friend. Walsh began working for the Kennedy family in 1952 when he responded a New York Times classified ad for a tax and real estate accountant. At the time, Walsh had no idea who he would be working for as the ad was unlabeled. Walsh found himself working for Joseph Kennedy at the Park Agency,Inc., the Kennedy family's financial company. The Park Agency managed all of the Kennedy family's various financial concerns. Walsh was soon treated as "the numbers man of the operation" (Forbes).Walsh retired from the Agency in 1979, after over 25 years of loyal service. By that point, he had formed close friendships with the entire Kennedy family. Bachrach's tiny copyright notice on corner of photograph.
Inscription bold, photograph bright and fine.