Monsignor John Augustine Ryan (1869-1945)
Crayon, graphite, chalk, and white tempera on paper
Overall: 23 x 18 3/8 in. ( 58.4 x 46.7 cm )
signature: lower right: "Enit Kaufman"
Signed at lower right in red crayon: "Enit Kaufman"
A Catholic priest, the subject was a professor of moral philosophy at the St. Paul (Minnesota) Seminary, his alma mater, from 1902 to 1915; he was professor of moral theology and industrial ethics at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., from 1915 until his retirement in 1939. He was elevated to the rank of monsignor by Pope Pius XI in 1933. Ryan wrote extensively on labor issues, and through his writing promoted improvements in the rights and wages of the working man.
Gift of Enit Kaufman
Enit Kaufman and Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American Portraits (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1946)
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