Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A Note About E.G. Drew

Despite earlier doubts whether E.G. Drew was ever a member of the club, I have found the following note in the minutes of the club meeting from May 1, 1934: "A letter from Harriet Drew tendering the resignation of Elbert G. Drew as artist associate member on account of illness was read. On motion by Mr. Terwilliger, seconded by Mr. Topping, the resignation was accepted."

So Drew was a member of the P&C as well as the Business Men's Art Club. I still don't think the movie was filmed at the P&C, however: the interior is plainly not that of the P&C at its current location.

The above painting by Elbert G. Drew appeared on the cover of the catalog for his exhibition at the Art Galleries of Milwaukee -- where it was accompanied by the following text:

"The Canvasses in this exhibition were painted by Mr. Drew in the course of a tour of Europe from February to September last. The subjects selected are charming scenes off the beaten path.

Mr. Drew began the study of painting fifteen years ago as a special interest, attending night classes at the Art Institute and elsewhere, also taking outdoor instruction from several noted Chicago artists. His work has often been seen at several Art Institute shows.

As organizer of the Business Men's Art Clubs of Chicago and seven other large cities he has made valuable contributions to American cultural life and the cause of art appreciation. He expects to broaden his campaign for new clubs with the returns from this exhibition. -- Thomas Whipple Dunbar, Manager, Art Galleries"


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