Portrait of Dr. Dora Neill Raymond
83.2 cm x 62.8 cm (32 3/4 in. x 24 3/4 in.)
(Muncie, Indiana, 1883 - 1959, Austin, Texas)
North America, American
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift to The University, 1965
Wayman Adams trained in Indianapolis before spending time in Europe, where he studied with William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri. Adams worked throughout the United States before settling in Austin, his wife Margaret Borough’s native city, in 1949, where he lived until his death in 1959. Nicknamed “Lightning” for his rapid brushwork, Adams specialized in portraiture. He painted four U.S. presidents and other notable figures, including a number of prominent Austinites, such as J. Frank Dobie and Clara Driscoll.
This portrait depicts Dr. Dora Neill Raymond, an historian who received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Texas. She received her PhD from Columbia University in 1921, a rare accomplishment for a woman of the period. She taught at a number of colleges and was made a full professor at Sweet Briar College in 1930. Her scholarship earned her numerous awards and fellowships over her career, such as from the American Association of University Women and the Guggenheim Foundation.