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  • Collection: Henry Varnum Poor: Studies for the Land Grant Frescoes

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In this study for the left segment of the west wall, probably one of the very last before the painting began, Poor worked out the many of the details for the final composition. He was particularly interested in getting the horses right. “Before…

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This print, a portrait of the artist’s uncle, was likely made while Poor was teaching art as an assistant professor at Stanford University.

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Poor wrangled an early discharge from the Army in March 1919, and spent the spring visiting Paris and touring the Normandy countryside. This and the adjacent drawing depict the small village of Beaumont, located not far from Cherbourg on the Cap del…

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Poor wrangled an early discharge from the Army in March 1919, and spent the spring visiting Paris and touring the Normandy countryside. This and the adjacent drawing depict the small village of Beaumont, located not far from Cherbourg on the Cap del…

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The contract engaging Henry Varnum Poor to paint the east and west walls of the mezzanine floor in Old Main’s lobby was drawn up in May 1947. As with the north wall, a significant amount of time was necessary for preparatory work—in this…

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Eva Stone, Poor’s only sister, was a favorite subject who, together with her son, Charles, figured prominently in a number of the artist’s early paintings. She married Herbert Stone just after World War I.

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Eva Stone, Poor’s only sister, was a favorite subject who, together with her son, Charles, figured prominently in a number of the artist’s early paintings. She married Herbert Stone just after World War I.

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Poor dedicated nearly eight months to preparatory work, between September 1939 and April 1940, before beginning the actual painting of the north wall in Old Main. Much of that time was spent traveling throughout Pennsylvania, making numerous sketches…

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When the United States entered World War I, Henry Varnum Poor was drafted and sent to France in August 1918. Although offered an officer’s commission, he elected to serve as a private, figuring it would give him more time to draw. This watercolor,…

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Poor executed several larger-than-life sized studies for the figure of Abraham Lincoln, for reasons that exceeded the president’s physical prominence in the fresco. In the statement that accompanied his presentation to the Board of Trustees, the…
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