On December 22nd, 2014, the National Archives and the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum were presented with a grand donation from The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection: a watercolor painting of the White House by Jacqueline Kennedy. Mark Zaid, Esq., an attorney representing Mr. Amyx, presented the painting on his behalf.
ATTORNEY MARK ZAID PRESENTING THE PAINTING TO THE NATIONAL ARCHIVIST AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES
Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is a world renowned collector. He is passionate about American historical artifacts; it has been his sole focus for more than 3 decades.
The National Archives proudly accepted the donation with a promise to preserve, protect, and occasionally display the painting at the JFK Library in Boston. Raleigh DeGeer Amyx stated, “It is both a great honor and a pleasure for me to give this very important painting to the citizens of the United States of America.” This painting is truly an important and impactful piece of American history.
JFK KEPT THE PAINTING IN THE OVAL OFFICE - SEE BELOW NEXT TO THE LAMP ON THE SMALL TABLE
We see a small glimpse into the First Lady and President Kennedy’s life. Mrs. Kennedy signed the painting “J to J.” On the verso of the painting, accomplished by her in 1961, Mrs. Kennedy penned “For Jack.” It was a gift to her husband, which he displayed in the Oval Office. The watercolor painting is a small, framed piece that depicts the White House seen from a distance with the Potomac River running in front of it. Mrs. Kennedy created this scene based on a 19th century oil painting (circa 1805) which hung behind the desk in the Oval Office.
FIRST LADY KENNEDY SIGNED THE PAINTING "J TO J"
Jacqueline Kennedy painted this rare piece in 1961. It's no surprise she chose the White House as her subject for the painting. While her husband was in office, First Lady Kennedy took a special interest in the restoration of the White House. Some of her endeavors included actively raised donations to finance the restoration, initiating the establishment of the White House Historical Association, the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, and a permanent Curator of the White House. She shared her work with the American people by hosting a televised tour of the White House documenting the improvements made.
The First Lady’s painting received a significant appraisal, as would be expected of a hand-painted piece of art from a famous First Lady to a martyred President. This historical treasure will be a token for the American people to preserve the memory of a beloved President and First Lady.
HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX
World renowned collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has acquired rare porcelain pieces from George Washington all the way to Bill Clinton, to include in his Official White House China Collection. Mr. Amyx’s passion for American historical memorabilia has been his sole focus for more than three decades. His collection is the second largest privately-owned collection of White House China in the world. If you would like to engage in a discussion with Mr. Amyx about White House China, please contact him through the button below.