Dr. James Conant (1893-1978)
Graphite and charcoal on paper
Overall: 24 1/4 x 19 3/4 in. ( 61.6 x 50.2 cm )
signature: lower left: "Enit Kaufman"
Signed at middle left in graphite: "Enit Kaufman"
A chemist, teacher, and public servant, Conant was a professor of chemistry at Harvard, and president of that university from 1933 to 1953. During World War II he was director of the National Defense Research Committee, and was active in the research project that led to the development of the atomic bomb. This portrait is part of Kaufman's series, executed in the early and middle 1940s, of notable American men and women.
Gift of Enit Kaufman
Enit Kaufman and Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American Portraits (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1946)
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