Portrait of a Gentleman by Bjorn Egeli.
Oil on canvas with gilded Art-Deco frame.
Size with frame .45.5 in (116 cm ) x 37.5 in ( 95.5 cm) x 2.5 in ( 6 cm)
Herbjorn (Bjorn) Peter Egeli (15 November 1900 – 20 October 1984)
Egeli’s success at the Corcoran and his many successful commissions resulted in a one-man exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in early 1936. The exhibit of 34 portraits launched his career. Over the next nearly fifty years he continued to paint portraits. This includes two U.S. Presidents (Richard M. Nixon and Dwight D. Eisenhower for the Capitol Hill Club,) several Supreme Court Justices (Melville Weston Fuller & James Clark McReynolds), leaders in medicine (Mayo Brothers, Charles Horace Mayo and William James Mayo for the Mayo Clinic, and Paul Henry Streit for Walter Reed Army Institute of Research), industrialists (Lamont DuPont for DuPont, among others), military leaders (Adm. Jules James, Gen. Maxwell Taylor, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Gen. Henry L. Benning, and others), political leaders (Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, Thomas Hunter Lowe and others) and educators (Canon Albert H. Lucas, of St. Alban’s School in Washington, DC, and Pierre Samuel DuPont of the University of Delaware).