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Portrait of Governor Charles Robinson
  • Lorado Taft
    born: Elmwood, Illinois, United States ; died: Illinois, United States
  • Portrait of Governor Charles Robinson, circa 1897
  • Where object was made: United States
  • marble
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 71 x 41 x 33 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 27 15/16 x 16 1/8 x 13 in
  • Gift of Lorado Taft to the University, 1897
  • Not on display
  • 1970.0197
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Windmills to Workshops: Lawrence and the Visual Arts," Jul-2004, Kate Meyer
Lorado Taft made significant contributions to the fields of sculpture, teaching, and art historical scholarship. Taft, who was trained at the Ecole Des Beaux-Arts, Paris, produced sculpture in a neo-classical style typical of his period, and taught at both the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois. He also wrote texts and articles on the history of sculpture, noting that “one who practices the craft on which he writes” has credible scholarship.

His subject for this portrait bust is Charles Robinson (1818-1894), the first governor of Kansas and an early leader of the New England Emigrant Aid Company. Although Robinson was charged with treason and endured impeachment proceedings, he was one of the key figures of territorial Kansas and is remembered for having endeavored to bring the state into the Union under the banner of abolitionism.