PHOTOGRAPH BOLDLY INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY JOHN F. KENNEDY
KENNEDY, John F. Black-and-white photograph inscribed. [Boston: Bachrach Studios, 1959]. Photograph measures 5 by 6-1/2 inches, matted, entire piece measures 9 by 11 inches. $4200.
Black-and-white photograph of Kennedy, boldly inscribed and signed by Kennedy in black ink across the matte: “To Ilona Dawson. With best wishes. John Kennedy.”
This portrait of Kennedy is by noted Boston photographer Fabian Bachrach. It was taken in 1959 and used as his official presidential portrait. Ilona Massey Dawson was an actress who enjoyed modest success in Hollywood, and who was married to Harry Truman’s administrative assistant, Donald Dawson. As a member of Truman’s administration, Dawson was responsible for all executive appointments. He was also the brains behind the “Whistle Stop” tour Truman took during his 1948 presidential campaign, and as such was crucial to Truman’s upset victory that year. This photograph is from his estate.
Fine condition, with excellent provenance.