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At a Glance
This collection consists of photographs, articles, reviews, and correspondence related to portrait artist Lester Merton Chace, Jr. CC 1950. The materials were collected and organized by Anne Battley Phipps, BC 1948 and it includes some reminiscences recorded by Anne Phipps.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Restrictions on Access
This collection is located offsite. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection has no restrictions.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Lester M. Chace papers; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.
For information about the Lester M. Chace portraits in the Columbia University art collection, please contact Art Properties.
No additions are expected.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
2007.019: Source of acquisition--Anne Battley Phipps. Method of acquisition--Gift.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Collection-level record describing unprocessed material made public in summer 2018 as part of the Hidden Collections initiative. This collection was processed by Joanna Rios, July 2021.
2021-07-09 Published full finding aid. (JR)
History / Biographical Note
A native of Pekin, Illinois, Lester Merton Chace, Jr. graduated from Columbia College in 1950. At the College, he served as art editor and managing editor of the yearbook, Columbian; was a member of staff at the humor magazine, Jester; worked at the student radio station WKCR; and was a member of the University Christian Society. Chace attended the Graduate School of Painting and Sculpture for two years.
As a student in 1949, Chace made a portrait of Columbia College Dean Harry J. Carman, who was soon to retire. The portrait appeared in color in the 1950 Columbian. After graduation, Chace continued to focus on portraiture and some of his works were commissioned for and donated to the University. Chace was commissioned by Marcellus Hartley Dodge to paint a portrait of Lou Gehrig (1954), which hung over the Hartley Hall fireplace. A year later, Chace's copy of John Trumbull's portrait of Alexander Hamilton hung in in the Columbia College Admissions Office. In 1956, Chace's copy of Irving R. Wiles's portrait of the late Frederick Coykendall was presented to the Columbia University Press. In 1964, Edmund A. Prentis presented University President Grayson Kirk with Chace's portrait of George Washington, which hung in room 210 Low Library. In addition to these works, the Art Properties Department also holds Chace's portraits of Clement Clarke Moore, Frederick A.P. Barnard and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Outside of Columbia, Chace painted portraits of the Malcolm Forbes family, presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, and first ladies Betty Ford and Jacqueline Kennedy, which once hung at the White House. Chace died in 2005.