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President Rufus Carrollton Harris
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c. 1955
63.75 x 49.75 in. (161.925 x 126.365 cm)

Roberto Fantuzzi (1899 - 1976) Artist

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of the Friends of the Medical School
Accession Number: 1955.4-O

Web Notes
Rufus Carrollton Harris served as president of Tulane University from 1937-1960, as well as president of Mercer College and chairman of a Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools accreditation committee. Harris supported and aided the integration of schools throughout the 1940s and 50s. This portrait of Harris, created during his time at Tulane, depicts the president leaning casually in an office chair, although his pose is contradicted by his formal robes. Through the window behind Harris can be seen a New Orleans oak.

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