Dr. Arthur Holly Compton (1892-1962)

Object Number: 
1947.195
Date: 
c. 1945
Medium: 
Graphite and black crayon on ochre paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 25 x 19 in. ( 63.5 x 48.3 cm )
Marks: 
signature: lower right: "Enit Kaufman"
Inscriptions: 
Signed at lower right in graphite: "Enit Kaufman"; verso inscribed at lower center: "AH Compton"
Description: 
Portrait
Gallery Label: 
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Enit Kaufman
Provenance: 
Enit Kaufman and Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American Portraits (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1946)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group