Robert Joy Collection

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Robert Joy Collection

Robert C. Joy (1910-1993) Houston portraitist, painted more than 350 portraits over his forty-year career. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1927-28. His subjects included Texas political, business and social leaders. Among his subjects were former President Lyndon Baines Johnson; Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg; cattleman and banker Gus S. Wortham; Lillie Abercrombie, whose husband was founder of Cameron Iron Works and also helped charter Texas Children´s Hospital; and Will Clayton who served as assistant and later undersecretary of state under Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman and was a primary designer of the Marshall Plan.