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"Hyannis Port"

Object Number: 2011.034.0056
Category: Art
Type of Object: Artwork
Dimensions: 21 x 34 in. (53.3 x 86.4 cm)
Oil painting on canvas created by artist Bernadine Stetzel portraying President Kennedy with his family and children at the Kennedy family home in Hyannis Port, Massachussetts.

Artist Stetzel described this piece as follows: "A youthful escort accompanies J.F.K. to the helicopter taking him from Hyannis Port to Washington, during his last summer at the family compound."

An enthusiastic supporter of John F. Kennedy, Stetzel was devastated by the assassination. Shortly after visiting the president’s gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery in 1968, she began work on a series of paintings that depicted the life of the late president. Between 1968 and 1985, with a long break in the middle, Bernadine Stetzel created 71 works that followed John F. Kennedy from his christening ceremony to the eternal flame at his gravesite.
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