Lot 151: KENNEDY, JACQUELINE. Two letters to photographer Mark Shaw ("Dear Mark"), each Signed, "Jackie," as First Lady, concerning his photos:
November 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: JACKIE WRITES IN WEEKS PRIOR TO JFK ASSASSINATION KENNEDY, JACQUELINE. Two letters to photographer Mark Shaw ("Dear Mark"), each Signed, "Jackie," as First Lady, concerning his photos: Autograph Letter * Typed Letter. The first, praising his photographs. With a postscript additionally Signed, "Jackie," requesting additional prints. 2 pages, 8vo, White House stationery, written on two separate sheets; faint scattered soiling, folds. The second, comparing his photographs to works by Caravaggio and Matisse. 1 page, 4to, White House stationery; faint staining at right edges, horizontal folds. Each matted and separately framed. Washington, nd; 8 November 1963
ALS: "Your pictures were lovely & the color ones UNBELIEVABLE--what is your secret? Besides your eye, film, paper? Anyway JFK loves the one best of John on my lap looking up at me & has gotten it especially framed for his office, which I consider the highest compliment! to John & me & most of all to you."
The postscript: "JFK has taken my favorite--the one where John is on my lap turning around & looking up at me--do you think I could have 1 more of each & 3 of that--Save these in case we ever need a desperate color photo.
"You really are a genius!"
TLS: ". . . [T]he enormous color prints you sent us of the pictures you took of John and me last Easter are so beautiful, they really should be in the National Gallery! I have them propped up in our Sitting Room now, and everyone who comes in says the one of me and John looks like a Caravaggio--and, the one of John, reflected in the table, like some wonderful, strange, poetic Matisse. . . ."
with--Mark Shaw. The John F. Kennedys: A Family Album. 4to, publisher's cloth, discolored at edges; dust jacket, chipped at edges. [New York], (1964).