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The Man in the Arena — Teddy Roosevelt original framed print made in America

Regular price $ 159.95
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Our original illustration includes Teddy Roosevelt, "The Man in the Arena," and the name, date, and location of his speech. Our archival print is framed in an American-made, solid wood frame, with non-glare, UV-protecting, museum-grade acrylic.

What other buyers have said

"The TR archival print, with his 'man in the arena' quote from 1910, is beautifully rendered. Highly recommended!"
— James S. ★★★★★

"I gave my partner TR’s 'Man in the Arena' framed print for Christmas. Customer service was amazing. Package arrived in plenty of time for the holiday. Frame is great. My partner was thrilled. It is the perfect gift for a history buff."
— Susan T. ★★★★★

Size of print: 

  • 12" x 15" — For small offices or a wall with lots of pictures
  • 19" x 24" — For most offices and living areas

Also available by special order, very large The Man in the Arena — Teddy Roosevelt 38" x 48" Archival print Made in America. (Only available unframed.)

About the paper weight and printing process: Printed in the US on fine art grade 100% cotton rag, acid-free archival paper with archival inks.

About the frame: Made in America solid wood frame with your choice of two finishes: Mahogany and Speckled Maple.

We use a museum-grade, non-glare acrylic that offers UV-protection. (We do not frame these with a mat. It seems more authentic without a mat.)

Important note on the care of framed prints: Use a microfiber cloth or similar to remove dust and fingerprints. Do not use household cleaners on the frame or on the acrylic.

Shipping for framed prints: $15 for the 12" x 15" framed print, and $20 for the 19" x 24" framed print.

Complete description

Our original design includes Teddy Roosevelt and what has become to be called the "Man in the Arena" passage from his "Citizenship in a Republic" speech at the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23, 1910:

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

The print includes the full text as well as the date and location of the speech.

Background on our archival print

"For me, this quote is deeply moving, and for years I've wanted to create something that did it justice, so we commissioned this original art.
"It is printed on archival paper with archival inks and available unframed and framed, as shown. Our frame is solid wood, made in America. We use museum-grade acrylic that protects your print from UV rays and is non-glare. This is the same glazing that I use for the pieces I frame for my home. Note that we do not mat this print. That's my preference for a print like this, which we want to look historic, as if it were printed in that time period."

"Thank you for your support of this outstanding print and these beautiful frames. Everything—the design, printing, frame stock and frames, acrylic, and framing—is made in America."

— Lee Wright | Founder | The History List | History Camp | The Pursuit of History

 Design © 2022 Larry Stuart Studio.


For shipments to arrive by Father's Day, Sunday, June 16

  • Order by midnight Monday, June 10
  • Select UPS 3-day shipping at checkout
  • Signed books and custom embroidery take more time and may not arrive by Father's Day

Note: A few products, such as antique Oriental rugs, have special shipping policies stated on the product page. For those products, the information below does not apply.

For shipments to addresses within the U.S. (scroll down for International shipping) 

Flat-rate shipping: Regardless of the number of items you order, the shipping price for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, and button packs is $5.95.

For hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets, the shipping cost is $8.95. 

Our flat rate shipping means you can add two or more t-shirts, sweatshirts, or caps for no additional shipping charge.

Note that some large or heavy items, including larger framed prints, may have a different shipping charge or a shipping surcharge. When they do, it will be noted on the product page.



We try to ship orders within three business days of receiving them. This applies to in-stock items. Framed items or items requiring personalization may take up to two weeks longer. If there is an extended delay, it will be noted on the product page.

We close for a week over Independence Day and Christmas. A notice will appear at the top of every page of the site in advance of this closure.

We ship most orders via USPS, so if the post office is closed, we won't be shipping orders that day.

If you need to receive your order by a certain date, such as to give as a gift or have for a trip, we recommend ordering at least two weeks in advance, especially if you are using USPS shipping. 

If you're looking for reliable, on-time deliveries, we strongly suggest upgrading to "UPS 3 Business Day Select Shipping."

Additional notes:

  • When fulfillment takes longer, such as around the Christmas holidays, we'll put up an announcement in the site and will list recommended shipping deadlines below.
  • If an item is out of stock, we will contact you.
  • If one of your items is an advance order, that will be noted on the product page along with an estimate of when it will ship. If that estimated date changes, the product page will be updated.

    Charges for shipping to destinations in the United States and to APO, DPO, and FPO addresses

    • Free shipping
      • On stickers, magnets, decals, patches, static clings, and individual button pins.

    • US Postal Service shipping - The least expensive, though also less reliable than UPS. (See more on UPS in the next section.) 

      • $5.95 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.

        Regardless of the number of items you order, the shipping price is still fixed at $5.95. Our flat rate shipping means you can add another t-shirt, cap, or book for no additional shipping charge.

      • $8.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

    We strongly recommend using UPS, especially in November and December.

      UPS 3 Business Day Select 

      Note: UPS 3 Business Day select is not available for addresses in Hawaii and Alaska. If UPS is selected for Hawaii or Alaska, the order will be shipped UPS Ground.

      Cut off time: Orders received by 8 am Eastern will ship the same business day.  Orders received after that time will ship the next business day. Applies to in-stock items that do not require personalization or signing. 
        UPS's normal (non-holiday) delivery guarantee is by the end of the third business day, and this includes delivery on Saturday.  This applies to the 48 contiguous states. 
          • $14.95 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.

          • $18.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

          • If the actual shipping cost is significantly higher than what we’re charging, we will contact you to discuss alternatives.

        • UPS Overnight (Next Business Day Delivery)
        Before placing your order, call 469-233-7712.

        For shipments to addresses outside the United States


        We only ship to locations that are served by US Postal Service International Service.


        • Canada and Mexico

          • $18.00 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.
          • $24.00 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

        • Rest of the World

          • Rates starts at $65.00.

        Additional charges for all destinations

        Some large, heavy items may have an additional shipping charge.  If that's the case, it will be noted on the product page.

        If the actual shipping cost is significantly higher than what we’re charging, we will contact you to discuss alternatives.

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          Customer Reviews

          Based on 14 reviews
          Great Reminder from a Great Leader

          I bought this print as a gift-and it is a great reminder of perseverance, and the quality is excellent! The colors, quote and picture of Roosevelt are top notch and the recipient was delighted with it! It should be noted that I had a very small issue and I needed to reach out to Customer Service-the issue was seamlessly resolved and the company was eager to help! Will definitely continue buying from this wonderful company!

          Gino A.
          Purchase of Man in the Arena

          I cannot express enough gratitude that this wonderful website exists! I bought many items from this website, which was my first purchase. The chance I took was worth every penny. I bought a large frame of the Man in the Arena! It proudly hangs in my den. It is perfect and it is inspiring! I will be a returning customer. Thank you so much to The History List.

          John M.
          Art that is beautifully framed and inspiring

          I bought the larger size framed in mahogany. It is beautiful. I have it hanging in my office. A client who also loves history read and admired it. The next day he stopped by my house to drop off a biography on Teddy Roosevelt for me to enjoy. I might add that the framed print came securely packaged to protect it completely. I am very happy with their quick response and beautiful framed print.

          Bill C.

          Outstanding quality. Timely delivery and reasonably priced!

          Lynne E.K.
          Grandson’s Xmas

          I bought this for my 15 yr old grandson. I’m so excited to see him open it. I’m absolutely sure he will love it and find it inspiring!

          Joe S.
          Great Item

          Received "The Man in the Arena" very quickly. It is a great item and looks amazing on my office wall. Thank you!

          Daniel T.
          Teddy Roosevelt

          Getting into the arena is super cool

          Nick J.
          Man In the Arena Print

          I first came across this quote when I was in college and fell in love with it and found it truly inspiring. I bought this print to put into my classroom in the hopes of inspiring the next future history or great world leader as they sit in my room.