Art: Hands & Thumbs in Boston

When the Commonwealth of Massachusetts wanted a picture of former Governor Frank Gilman Allen to hang in the Boston State House, Governor Allen chose Manhattan Artist Henry Louis Wolff. Frank Gilman Allen is a big-handed leather tycoon who "would rather pick blueberries than do anything else" and can outpick his chauffeur ten quarts to six. Artist Wolff painted a portrait of a benignly smiling man with his big hands casually in his trousers pockets. Subject Allen was pleased. But last week in Boston the State

Art Commission withheld its approval, officially on...

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