No date or place, but likely the LBJ Ranch, Stonewall, Texas ca. 1968. Original color photographic print, 10.75" x 7.5" on 14" x 11" card mount; in gallery mat. Inscribed on mount, beneath photo: "For Deke De Loach / with appreciation for his dedicated service," signed in Johnson's hand, undated. Mild surface abrasions to image; mild soil to mount; photographer's serial stamp to verso of mount "5 JY 68 D897-35." Photographer unidentified, but based on location and outfit likely taken during a 1968 photo session at the LBJ Ranch by Frank Wolfe, LBJ's official White House photographer.
An attractive, large-format professional portrait of LBJ in casual dress, kneeling in a pasture with his trademark Stetson resting on his knee. An excellent association; Cartha "Deke" De Loach was Deputy Associate Director of the FBI during the Hoover era and a close associate of LBJ's; in 1963, immediately after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Johnson had De Loach assigned to permanent duty at the White House. As described by New York Times reporter Tim Weiner, "De Loach was always at L.B.J.'s beck and call, night and day, he was a talented political hatchet man, a trusted deputy to Hoover. He was also crucial to intelligence investigations conducted during the Johnson presidency." Based on the tenor of the inscription, we surmise that the portrait was presented to De Loach at the end of Johnson's presidency, in 1968.