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Elmer Anderson Carter

Elmer Anderson Carter
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Betsy Graves Reyneau, 1888 - 1964
Elmer Anderson Carter, 1890 - 16 Jan 1973
before 1950
Oil on canvas
Accurate: 163.2 x 82.3 cm (64 1/4 x 32 3/8")
Frame: 147.8 × 92.7 × 3.2 cm (58 3/16 × 36 1/2 × 1 1/4")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Harmon Foundation
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© Peter Edward Fayard
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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.
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