Dec 14, 2023 - Sale 2656

Sale 2656 - Lot 170

Price Realized: $ 2,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,800 - $ 2,200
Portrait of Woodrow Wilson.

Portrait of Thomas Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States, c. 1918. Charcoal/pastel on paper. 254x191 mm; 10x7 1/2 inches. Matted and framed to18x15 inches. Signed in lower right image.

Oakley became a self-appointed American ambassador to the League of Nations from 1926 to 1929. She set up residence in Geneva, attending the 8th, 9th and 10th Assemblies of the League and drawing portraits of the delegates which she later published in Law Triumphant, a portfolio on the history of international law illustrated with her murals in the Supreme Court Room.

It appears that Oakley created this portrait between November 1918, when at the end of WWI wilson was glorified as cosigner of the Versailles Treaty and founder of the League of Nations; and before October 1919 when he suffered a severe stroke that left him incapacitated.

Source: Ricci, Patricia Likos. "Violet Oakley: American Renaissance Woman." The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 126, no. 2, 2002, pp. 217–48. JSTOR,