Dr. Arthur Holly Compton (1892-1962)
Graphite and black crayon on ochre paper
Overall: 25 x 19 in. ( 63.5 x 48.3 cm )
signature: lower right: "Enit Kaufman"
Signed at lower right in graphite: "Enit Kaufman"; verso inscribed at lower center: "AH Compton"
Compton, a native of Wooster, Ohio, received his Ph.D. was Princeton in 1916 and later became professor of physics at Washington University (1920-23) and at the University of Chicago (1923-45). He received the Nobel Prize in physics in 1927 for his work with X-rays. In the early and middle 1940s the artist, Enit Kaufman, made many portrait studies such as this one in a series intended to capture the likenesses of the notable men and women who had made significant contributions to the nation.
Gift of Enit Kaufman
Enit Kaufman and Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American Portraits (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1946)
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