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Mrs. James Roosevelt (Sara Delano, 1855–1941)

Object Name: Relief
Date: 1940
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Medium: White wax, red velvet, painted and gilded frame
Dimensions: Overall: 7 x 7 1/8 x 1 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. ( 17.8 x 18.1 x 4.4 x 11.4 cm )
Description: Bas-relief portrait
Credit Line: Gift of the artist
Object Number: 1964.16
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Marks: Label on verso: "Original Wax Minature Portrait / His Mother / Subject: Mrs. Sara Delano Roosevelt Artist: Retha / Date:March 1940 3/23/40 / by Retha M. Goodwin Sales"

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Sara Delano was the mother of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, her only child. The daughter of Warren Delano, a prosperous shipping merchant in the China trade, she was the second wife of James Roosevelt, to whom she was married October 7, 1880. Her husband was a prominent businessman and their home was in Hyde Park, New York.