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Dr. Harlow Shapley (1885-1972); verso: profile sketch of a man

Object Number: 
c. 1940-45
Crayon and graphite on paper
Overall: 22 1/2 x 18 1/4 in. ( 57.2 x 46.4 cm )
signature: lower right: "Enit Kaufman"
Signed at lower right in red crayon: "Enit Kaufman"
Gallery Label: 
The subject, a native of Nashville, Missouri, received his Ph.D. from Princeton and afterward joined the staff of the Mt. Wilson Observatory in California. In 1921 he became director of Harvard Observatory, where he remained for thirty years, retiring in 1951. Shapley made a signficant contribution to a more accurate understanding of the universe, particularly to laymen. He was active as a lecturer and wrote numerous books and articles on astronomy.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Enit Kaufman
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