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Catalog Number 00756
Object Name Portrait
Description Robert James Farquharson, M.D. by Unknown Artist. Received by the Medial Library, Historical Building, 1957. Notes gathered from a folder in SHSI Special Collections October 13, 2006: Robert James Farquharson was born in Tennessee on July 15, 1824 and died in Davenport, Iowa on September 6, 1884. The painting was painted by "Henderson" but no information can be found on this name/artist. Painting was a gift to the Medical Library by RJF's grandson, Robert Farquharson or Tacoma, Washington on October 30, 1957. Painting was "cleaned and restored" in Feb25, 1958 by local artist George Rackelman. The skulls shown in the painting were in the collection the Davenport Academy and may be in the Putnam Museum collections. The file in Special Collections contains a bio of RJF published by Davenport Academy in 1885: two 8x10 B/W photos of the painting, two journals; misc notes and letters copied from the Medical Library; two cabinet cards, one of a warped stone, hand colored, and the other of an "elephant" carved pipe. RJF was in the Civil War in Tennessee, and was in charge of a hospital in Nashville. He came to Iowa in 1868 and settled in Davenport. He was a member of the Davenport Academy and other scientific groups. He was an amateur archeologist and ethnologist. In 1881 he served as the first secretary of the Iowa State Board of Health

Portrait of a man, seated at a desk with a book in his hands. Wears a dark suit and tie with a white shirt. Has brown hair and facial hair. A collection of natural history specimens dominate the background. Plain wooden frame.
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