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Underwood & Underwood [Photograph of Theodore Roosevelt, Sergei Witte, Roman Romanovich Rosen, Jutaro Komura, and Kogoro Takahira]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00861.01 Author/Creator: Underwood & Underwood Place Written: Oyster Bay, New York Type: Photograph signed Date: 5 August 1905 Pagination: 1 collodion : b&w ; 35.5 x 27.8 cm.

One group portrait of President Theodore Roosevelt with foreign diplomats dated August 5, 1905. From left to right, photograph of Count Sergei Witte (Russian diplomat and Minister of Finance), Baron Roman Romanovich Rosen (Russian Ambassador to Japan), Theodore Roosevelt (United States President, 1901-1909), Marquis Jutaro Komura (Foreign Minister in Japan's Katsura Cabinet) and Baron Kogoro Takahira (Japanese Ambassador to the United States). The photograph is signed at the bottom by each of the five dignitaries, below their respective images.

This photograph was taken aboard the USS Mayflower on August 5, 1905, as it was stationed in Oyster Bay, NY. There, Roosevelt formally introduced the Japanese and Russian delegates to one another, prior to their traveling to Portsmouth, NH to begin negotiations. These negotiations culminated in the September 5, 1905 Treaty of Portsmouth, which concluded the Russo-Japanese War.

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