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Portrait of Dean Thomas U. Taylor

1914
20th century
114.8 cm x 90.5 cm (45 3/16 in. x 35 5/8 in.)

William Merritt Chase (Williamsburg, Indiana, 1849 - 1916, New York City) Primary

Object Type: painting
Artist Nationality: North America, American
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Alumni, College of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1914; Transferred from the College of Engineering, 1987
            
               Accession Number:                1987.34             
            
Object Description: Chase's portrait of Thomas Ulvan Taylor, who served as University of Texas at Austin's first dean of the School of Engineering from 1895 to 1936, seems to catch Taylor during a pause in his reading. His finger marking his place, he sits upright, forceful and alert in a dark suit. His sturdy chair and a dynamic red background strengthen his frame. Sharp sidelighting accents the innovator's head and hands; this serves to symbolize his pioneering achievements in academe and engineering.

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