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The Life and Work of Harvey Ellis

"Harvey Ellis: A Portrait Sketch"
by Claude Bragdon

This is only a small portion of a lengthy article by Bragdon (in the Architectural Review of December 1908) about the life and work of Harvey Ellis.

… For the benefit of those who are interested in physical details, I would say that he was a man slightly under medium height, gracefully and compactly built, and of erect and soldierly carriage. His clear, gray-blue eyes--thoughtful, serene, perceiving--looked out from beneath a delicate, high white forehead; his nose was well shaped, but not large; a drooping mustache concealed a not altogether pleasant mouth set in a somewhat heavy jaw. His dual nature, the embodied intelligence and the amiable epicurean within him, thus found objectification in the features of his face. His hands were small and fine, the forefinger stained yellow by cigarettes; the thumb phalange too small for a man who would leave his stamp upon the age. He had the dress, bearing, and manners of a gentleman; there was a certain quiet dignity about him, and I think it never was more present, nor better became him, than in that crowded ward of a city hospital where (before his friends rallied to his aid) he had been brought, mortally stricken…

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