Angier Buchanan Duke, 1895, Oil on canvas, 36" x 59," by Norval H. Busey
Angier B. Duke (1884-1923) was the son of Benjamin and Sarah Duke. He was a graduate of the class of 1905, Trustee of Trinity College from 1914-1923, as well as vice president and president of the Alumni Association. In 1960, this portrait was transferred with three other Duke family portraits from Four Acres, Benjamin N. Duke's home in Durham.
Norval H. Busey was born in 1845, in Christiansburg, Virginia. He studied painting with Bouguereau in Paris. Around 1871, he became a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York, an early important art club that held regular exhibitions and formed a collection. The club's influence waned by the 1940s. Busey also painted portraits of Mr. Benjamin N. Duke, Mrs. Benjamin N. Duke, and Miss Mary Duke which hang in Lilly Library's Main Lobby, and The Reapers, which hangs in the south foyer on the second floor. Young Angier Duke's portrait hangs on the wall directly across from the Public Services Desk in Lilly's Main Lobby.
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