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Charles Downing Lay, Portrait of the Artist's Son

ca. 1881-1883 Oliver Ingraham Lay Born: New York, New York 1845 Died: 1890 oil on canvas 16 x 12 1/4 in. (40.6 x 31.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Given in memory of Charles Downing Lay and Laura Gill Lay by their children 1967.7.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 4A


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Charles Downing Lay (1877-1956) was four or five years old when his father painted this portrait. He grew up to be landscape architect for the City of New York and cofounder of one of the first professional journals in his field. Lay won a silver medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics for his design of Marine Park in Brooklyn. His work helped New York City’s leaders to understand how the public could best make use of park spaces that were created when far fewer people lived in the metropolitan area.

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Portrait male - Lay, Charles Downing - bust

Portrait male - Lay, Charles Downing - child

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Oliver Ingraham Lay

Born: New York, New York 1845 Died: 1890

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