Robert Rampatnam Williams (1886-1965)

Robert Rampatnam Williams (1886-1965)
Title
Robert Rampatnam Williams (1886-1965)
Date 
c. 1940-45
Medium 
Watercolor, black ink, gouache, and charcoal on heavy yellow watercolor paper
Dimensions 
Overall: 25 1/4 x 19 1/2 in. ( 64.1 x 49.5 cm )
Description 
Portrait
Credit Line 
Gift of Enit Kaufman
Object Number 
1947.231
Marks 
signature: lower right: "Enit Kaufman"
Inscriptions 
Signed at lower right in black ink: "Enit Kaufman"
Gallery Label 
A subject, a noted chemist and nutritionist, was born in Nellore, India, the son of Baptist missionaries. He sought to develop a high grade of rubber for use under water, which led to his appointment in 1925 as chemical director of Bell Telephone Laboratories. Pursuing his interest in nutrition, in 1933, in collaboration with Robert Waterman, he succeeded in isolating and synthesizing vitamin B1 or thiamin.
Provenance 
Enit Kaufman and Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American Portraits (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1946)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group