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Detail Mr. Folger

Henry Clay Folger posed in his Amherst doctoral robes for this portrait by the fashionable British painter Frank O. Salisbury (1874–1962). After graduating from Amherst College in 1879, Folger earned a degree from Columbia Law School in 1881 and a master’s degree from Amherst in 1882. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Amherst in 1914 in recognition of his growing Shakespeare collection.

The Folgers commissioned this portrait and one of Emily Folger from Salisbury for their planned library. The paintings were received in March 1927 and have hung in the Folger Library since its founding in 1932.



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