Portrait head of President John F. Kennedy signed 'Riley - 62' (lower right) pastel on buff paper 53 x 33cm (20 7/8 x 13in).
This approximately life-sized pastel of President Kennedy is one of a small group of portraits of President Kennedy that Harold Riley created for Eunice Shriver Kennedy, the president's sister. It was drawn at the Kennedy family homes in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. The group of drawings were made to raise funds for 'Camp Shriver' a project which encouraged children with physical and intellectual disabilities to participate in sport and physical activity. 'Camp Shriver' was held at Eunice Kennedy Shrivers' home in Potomac, Maryland and started in 1962. The project has flourished and in 1968 became the Special Olympics.
Harold Riley is a highly regarded portraitist and has painted a series of portraits of statesmen, sportsmen, politicians including Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, and H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh.