The Allen County Museum is proud to be home to two important paintings: John Singer Sargent’s portrait of Senator Calvin Brice and the portrait of Brice’s family by Carolus-Duran. The second painting was graciously donated to the Allen County Museum by the Western College Alumnae Association in 2022. The entire project, including renovation to the stairwell, installation of the paintings, and conservation work has been made possible with support from the Ohio Humanities, Nutrien, and from an anonymous donor.
‘Senator Calvin Brice’ was painted by John Singer Sargent in 1898. Sargent, the son of an American doctor, was born in Florence, Italy in 1856 and became the most popular portrait painter of his era.
Charles Auguste Émile Durand, known as Carolus-Duran, was a French painter and art instructor who was born in 1837. Sargent was one of his pupils.