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Museum receives painting

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Mar 03, 2017
Photo by: Nicole Major/Ledger photo Gene Luedtke, left, and Mark Shafer, right, accept Harold Jamison’s donation of the painting “The Old Man” to the Carnegie Historical Museum Thursday.

The Carnegie Historical Museum will soon have another piece of fine art displayed on its gallery walls, thanks to a donation from Fairfield resident Harold “Windy” Jamison.

Thursday afternoon, Jamison donated “The Old Man” painted by Ben Taylor to museum curator Mark Shafer.

Taylor, who was born in 1908, was a well-known Fairfield artist. Jamison, a painter and avid art collector, acquired the painting from his daughter Judy Gunn as a birthday present several years ago.

Taylor rendered the work during the late 1920s while he was an art student in Paris. An entry paper on the back of the painting shows that he entered it into the Iowa State Fair’s Art Show.

Gene Luedtke called Taylor a “tireless worker,” who ran the advertising department at The Ledger for many years.

Shafer said Taylor painted the backdrops of several displays at the museum. He also helped remodel the Carnegie building, and even catalogued when it was a library.

“He did a lot for Fairfield; he was a very affluent man,” Harold’s wife Barbara said.

Taylor died July 16, 1999.

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