"The head of Lincoln grows upon me more and more. I think it one of the finest things I have seen": Autographed Letter from President Roosevelt to Gutzon Borglum

  • Theodore Roosevelt Signed Letter To Gutzon Borglum.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Signed Letter To Gutzon Borglum.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Signed Letter To Gutzon Borglum.

Theodore Roosevelt Signed Letter To Gutzon Borglum.

Item Number: 52025

Signed letter from President Theodore Roosevelt to Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore on White House letterhead dated February 17, 1908. It reads, “My dear Borglum, The head of Lincoln grows upon me more and more. I think it one of the finest things I have seen. I especially like it when seen from the right front. Theodore Roosevelt.” Long before beginning his work on Mount Rushmore, Borglum carved a massive marble bust of Abraham Lincoln in 1908 that was exhibited in Theodore Roosevelt’s White House. Robert Todd Lincoln praised it as perhaps the greatest likeness of his father he had ever seen, and the bust was donated to the Congress later that year. Over a decade later, when designing Mount Rushmore in the 1920s, Borglum placed President Roosevelt next to Lincoln. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Borglum. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 21.5 inches.