Neal Dow Becker Portrait
- Neal Dow Becker Portrait
- Campus Artifacts, Art & Memorabilia
- Crandall, Bradshaw
- Work Type:
- Becker, Neal Dow, 1883-1955
Cornell University. Board of Trustees
- Image View Description:
- Front View
- Image View Type:
- Neal Dow Becker (1883-1955) lawyer and industrialist of New York City, Becker served as Chairman of Cornell University Board of Trustees (1947-1953). Becker received a Bachelors of Law’ in1905 and an Atrium Baccalaureates’ in 1906 from Cornell University. As a Cornell student, Becker participated in Glee Club, the class Football team, Delta Chi, and intercollegiate debate team [“Cornell-Pennsylvania Debate,” Cornell Alumni News, (Ithaca, N.Y), December 19, 1903, Cornell University Library, ecommons.cornell.edu/bitstream/1813/25907/1/006_12.pdf]. After leaving Cornell, Becker founded the New York law firm ‘Kelly and Becker” with Cornell alumnus Charles E. Kelley (1904). At the time of his election to the Board of Trustees, Becker served as President of the Intertype Corporation (manufacturer of typesetting machinery), Trustee of Kings County Savings Bank, and Director of the New York Doch Company, among other notable positions [“Trustees elect two to fill Board,” Cornell Alumni News, (Ithaca, N.Y.), June 27, 1935, Cornell University Library, ecommons.cornell.edu/bitstream/1813/27140/1/037_33.pdf]. He would also work as Chairman of the National Industrial Conference Board, President of the Commerce and Industry Association of New York, and member of the Council of Foreign Relations and Council of National Foreign Trade [“Memorial Resolution for Neal Dow Becker, Chairman of the Board of Trustees (1947-53),” Neal Becker Dow-Deceased Alumni Files. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library]. This painting is part of a commemorating portrait series of past Chairman of the Cornell University Board of Trustees, located in the Willard Fiske Room of Uris Library.
- Artist Biography:
- Bradshaw Crandell is an American illustrator and portrait artist. In 1930 Crandell was a prominent illustrator of advertisements and popular periodical covers such as The Saturday Evening Post, American, Cosmopolitan, and Ladies Home Journal. During WWII Crandell produced a variety of war effort illustration art. He is considered an influential artist of Hollywood glamour portraits that idealized the beauty of famous movie celebrities from 1920 to 1950 [Kent Steine, “Bradshaw Crandell: Artist of the Stars” Today’s Inspiration (blog), January 23, 2012, http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.com/2012/01/bradshaw-crandell-and-art-of-glamour.html]. Notable portrait subjects include Carole Lombard and Bette Davis. Later in life, Crandell became a traditional portrait artist using oil on canvas [Kent Steine, “Bradshaw Crandell: Artist of the Stars” Today’s Inspiration (blog), January 27, 2012, http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.com/2012/01/bradshaw-crandell-artist-of-stars.html].
- “Cornell-Pennsylvania Debate,” Cornell Alumni News, (Ithaca, N.Y), December 19, 1903, Cornell University Library,ecommons.cornell.edu/bitstream/1813/25907/1/006_12.pdf
“Memorial Resolution for Neal Dow Becker, Chairman of the Board of Trustees (1947-53).” Neal Becker Dow-Deceased Alumni Files. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
“Trustees elect two to fill Board,” Cornell Alumni News, (Ithaca, N.Y.), June 27, 1935, Cornell University Library, ecommons.cornell.edu/bitstream/1813/27140/1/037_33.pdf
“Neal Becker Dow” Marquis Who's Who, Inc, and Credo Reference (Firm). 2008. Marquis Who was who in America, 1607-1984. [New Providence, NJ]: Marquis Who's Who. http://www.credoreference.com/book/marqwas
Kent Steine, “Bradshaw Crandell: Artist of the Stars” Today’s Inspiration (blog), January 27, 2012, http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.com/2012/01/bradshaw-crandell-artist-of-stars.htm
Kent Steine, “Bradshaw Crandell: Artist of the Stars” Today’s Inspiration (blog), January 23, 2012, http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.com/2012/01/bradshaw-crandell-and-art-of-glamour.html
- Cornell University
- Repository Location:
- Uris Library, Willard Fiske Room, Cornell University
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About the collection
Cornell Campus Art and Artifacts lists about 2000 plaques, pictures, sculptures, and other objects of artistic and historical interest located on the Cornell campus. It is based on the 1984 book "Contributions to Cornell History: Portraits and Memorabilia". Information will be updated and supplemented with photographs. The existence of a publicly available catalog of Cornell's memorabilia is the first essential step to their preservation.