President Theodore Roosevelt
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Roosevelt originally commissioned Théobald Chartran to paint his portrait but when he saw the painting he hated it and hid it in the darkest corner of the White House. He reportedly hated it so much that he later destroyed it and hired John Singer Sargent to paint a more masculine portrait.
The President gave Sargent a hard time when he posed for him. Roosevelt reportedly wouldn’t stay still and would only pose for half an hour after lunch. Aides and secretaries were constantly moving around him. All the hard work eventually paid off because Roosevelt adored the painting.