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Lester B. Granger

Lester B. Granger
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Artist
Betsy Graves Reyneau, 1888 - 1964
Sitter
Lester B. Granger, 16 Sep 1896 - 9 Jan 1976
Date
1950-1951
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
86.4cm x 101.6cm (34" x 40"), Accurate
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Harmon Foundation
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Peter Edward Fayard
Object number
S/NPG.67.12
Exhibition Label
The Harmon Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in New York City and active from (1922-1967) included this portrait in their exhibition “Portraits of Outstanding Americans of Negro Origins” which documented noteworthy African Americans’ contributions to the country. Modeling their goal of social equality, the Harmon sought portraits from an African-American artist, Laura Wheeler Waring and Euro-American artist, Betsy Graves Reyneau. The two painters followed the conventional codes of academic portraiture, seeking to convey their sitters extraordinary accomplishments. This painting, along with a variety of educational materials, toured nation-wide for ten years serving as a visual rebuttal to racism.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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