Thursday, November 24, 2016

FOUND! Francis Quirk's Portrait of Robert Strider, President of Colby College

The Colby College Museum of Art staff graciously tracked down the painting, which is technically owned by the College. We are grateful to Beth Finch, The Lunder Curator of American Art, for her gracious assistance with obtaining the image and sharing it with us. 
Quirk painting of Colby College President Robert Strider
Robert Strider, President of Colby College Oil Portrait by Francis J. Quirk   Image courtesy of Colby College


While seeking information on Francis Quirk's retirement from Lehigh University, we came upon an old issue of an Alumni Magazine for Colby College from 1964 that had a reference to a donor providing a portrait of Colby College President Robert E. Strider. Quirk's son James attended and graduated from the College.  At the time James was the youngest graduate ever from the institution.
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Colby College President Robert E. Strider painted by Francis Quirk
Compliments of Colby Alumnus 1964 Colby College Archives


In our quest for this painting, in an earlier blog post we had included a possible image, which we now know is not by Quirk.
Colby College President Robert E. Strider Standing  Compliments of Colby Alumnus 1964 Colby College Archives





  

At the moment, we only have a black and white Image, but we will not rest until we have a better color version. 

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