|BOLDLY GRAPHIC AND COLORFUL TEDDY ROOSEVELT TEXTILE, WITH HIS PORTRAIT IN A LARGE HEART AND ROUGH RIDERS ABOVE, MADE TO CELEBRATE HIS RECEIPT OF THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE IN 1906
|Frame Size (H x L):
|Approx. 34" x 34.5"
|Flag Size (H x L):
|22.25" x 22.75'
|In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt brokered a treaty between Japan and Russia to end the Russo-Japanese War, which centered on control of Korea and Manchuria. The reason ongoing struggle for of the territory was its great importance to China and Russia as a warm water port on the pacific coast.
Japan had a fledgling navy, but it was steadily gaining power and, in 1903, to the great embarrassment of the proud and confident, Qing Dynasty, China was defeated by a superior Japanese force. The horrors resulting from this war led to Chinese revolution.
War between Japan and China was followed by conflict with Russia over roughly the same lands. In 1904, Russia was amazed when Japan attacked before it was able to launch its own offensive operations. Russian naval and ground forces fared little better than the Chinese in this affair, and were overcome in the face of a growing Japanese empire. The Russian people, dissatisfied with Tsar Nicholas II, began their own revolution.
In 1905, with American intervention, the war ended. Roosevelt mediated a treaty between the two countries, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on September 5th of that year. He received a Nobel Peace Prize for his actions in 1906. This rare and brilliant, kelly green textile glorifies Roosevelt’s role, as well as his history with the Rough Riders, depicted along the top register. They act as a crest for the heart-shaped medallion that holds a beautiful image of the president, as nice as any that exist across American political cloth. Around the heart are the famous words uttered by Henry Lee in his eulogy for George Washington:
“First in War, First in Peace, First in the Hearts of His Countrymen”.
Flanking below, to the right and left, are portraits of the head of the Russian delegation, Sergius Witte (left) and that of the Japanese delegation, Baron Jutaro Komura (right). Between them is a conference table, with a fountain pen, arrayed with the respective documents. Witte was the author of the October manifesto of 1905, a precursor to Russia's first constitution, and Chairman of the Council of Ministers (prime minister) of the Russian Empire. Komura, a Harvard law school graduate, served as Japan’s minister of foreign affairs.
The textile is marked “Copyright 1906 by Campbell, Metzger, and Jacobsen” in the bottom left corner. Located in New York, the firm was in operation as early as 1896. This is one of the rarest and most desired Roosevelt items, with outstanding color, and in a remarkable state of preservation.
Mounting: The flag was mounted and framed within our own conservation department, which is led by expert staff. We take great care in the mounting and preservation of flags and have framed thousands of examples.
The two-part frame consists of a gilded, French molding with excellent color and an early American profile, to which a very dark brown molding, almost black, with reddish undertones and highlights, and a step-down profile, was added as a cap. The background is 100% cotton twill, black in color, that has been washed and treated for colorfastness. The glazing is U.V. protective acrylic.
Condition: Exceptional, with only the most minor foxing and staining.
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|1898 Spanish American War
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