The White House portrait of President Ronald Reagan, with an inscription to Myra L. Tankersley, the Confidential Assistant to Attorney General William French Smith.
Color photograph, measures 8″ x 10″. Photograph was take by White House photographer Jack Kighttinger on the White House Colonnade on August 17th, 1984. Note on verso says the photograph was “signed February 19, 1985,” a few days before the resignation of Attorney General William French Smith.
Inscribed on the white matte border: “Dear Myra – Thank you for so many things. We’ll miss you here but we’re happy you will still be in the family at G.D.+C. – Warm Regards. Ronald Reagan.”
Provenance: The estate of Myra L. Tankersley, Executive Assistant William French Smith at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and later Confidential Assistant when Smith was appointed Attorney General by President Ronald Reagan. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher was the personal law firm of President Reagan before and during his administration, where Tankersley became a lifelong friend of President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan. She returned to California with Attorney General Smith in 1985.