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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Victor Lallier Papers, 1958-1965



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lallier, Victor Alvin
Title: Victor Lallier Papers
Dates: 1958-1965
Abstract: Correspondence and records related to the commission and funding of the Speaker Sam Rayburn portrait, eight “Gold Medallion” presidential portraits, and the Lyndon B. Johnson portrait painted by Dallas artist Victor Lallier.
Extent: 2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born on April 22, 1912 in Fort Worth, Texas, Victor Alvin Lallier visited many museums and galleries across the United States with his father, a railroad worker and amateur artist. These visits deeply influenced Lallier as a young child; soon he was carving figures out of soap and drawing cowboys and horses from memory. Lallier grew up in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas and attended Bryan Street High School.

After high school, Lallier began a yearlong apprenticeship with artists Frank Calder in Dallas and Hobart Britton in Atlanta, Georgia. He then enrolled in classes at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, majoring in art advertising. In 1931, he took an art class at SMU under the direction of Olive Donaldson who saw in him an inherent ability to draw faces and encouraged his talent in portraiture.

In addition to formal training, Lallier studied locally with John Knott, Ralph Rountree, Olin Travis and Otis Dozier. He continued his graduate studies in California studying under Millard Sheets and James Chapin at Claremont Colleges, as well as working under Clarence Bull at MGM Studios. He also received instruction from Leopold Seyffert and Joseph Cummings Chase in New York City.

Lallier returned to Texas in 1933 to start his career, earning a reputation for being able to achieve a photographic likeness of his subjects. Lallier became known as the premier portrait painter of twentieth century Texas. Lallier passed away on September 11, 1995 at the age of eighty-three. He is laid to rest at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas. At the time of his death, Lallier had painted over 2,000 portraits in his fifty-nine year career

Sources: Erin L. Wolfe, from "Unveiling a Mystery: The Victor Lallier Collection," Master's Thesis, Baylor University, 2009. “Victor Lallier: Commemorating 25 Years of Southwestern Portraiture,” exhibition pamphlet, 1957.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence and records related to the commission and funding of the Speaker Sam Rayburn portrait, eight “Gold Medallion” presidential portraits, and the Lyndon B. Johnson portrait painted by Dallas artist Victor Lallier to be hung at the Sam Rayburn Library in Bonham, Texas.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

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Related Material

See also: Sam Rayburn Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Victor Lallier Papers, 1958-1965, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/110c Papers
Correspondence related to Speaker Sam Rayburn portrait, “A Great Leader,” 1958
Correspondence related to funding for the Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson portrait, 1960-1961
Correspondence related to “Gold Medallion” presidential portraits, 1962
General business, operations and billing
Research requests
Fundraising campaign
Assorted correspondence unrelated to Rayburn Library portrait projects
Dissertation, Erin L. Wolfe, "Unveiling a Mystery: The Victor Lallier Collection," Master's Thesis, Baylor University, 2009
Photographs
14" x 11” photograph of Speaker Sam Rayburn behind his desk in U.S. Capitol office, with gridlines and artist’s notes on back, undated
Completed Speaker Sam Rayburn portrait, undated
Franklin D. Roosevelt Gold Medallion portrait, undated
Clarence Pittard, dedication of the Gold Medallion presidential portraits, September 16, 1962
Speaker Sam Rayburn and eight presidential portraits on display in the Sam Rayburn (Library) Museum administrative offices, undated

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