Schreier and Popp with Roosevelt's The Creek Indian 1903 by Frederic Remington
Fairfax, Virginia -
When the National Park Service asked the folks here at the National Firearms Museum if they'd like to hold on to part of President Theodore Roosevelt's personal belongings during the Sagamore Hill renovation, they weren't just asking about the guns. For Roosevelt was known for more then just his hunting ... there was also the intellectual side of the man. One who appreciated the contemporary artist of the day.
"Frederick Remington is easily the most well known artist in Theodore's collection," said Senior Curator Phil Schreier. "But there was more. So much more."
Watercolors, oil, pencil and pastel drawings scattered amongst statues of bronze and stone, the Roosevelt homestead was filled with works from a variety of artists. Starting with Remington, the names ranged from Frost to Sandham to Gifford and Kelly. Depicting African wildlife, the American West as well as rugged scenes of the great outdoors, the President's taste generally focused on wild side. Except when it came to portraits.
"His study was filled with heroes, giants, men he respected," said Schreier. "Sir Thomas Moore, George Washington, John Marshall, Ulysses S. Grant and Colonel Davy Crockett to name a few."
To get a better taste of the President's full collection, join Phil and NRANews Producer John Popp at 10:40 for tonight's episode of Curator's Corner on NRANews.com and Sirius/XM's Patriot Channel.