[James McKay Lykes oval portrait, black and white]

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Formal oval portrait of James McKay Lykes in his early 20's, wearing a suit and a tie.

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original print, black and white (matte); well-preserved

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Pierson, Hot Springs, Arkansas 1900~.

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston contributes photographs from the Robert Joy Collection. Joy, Houston's premiere portraitist, painted more than 350 portraits over a career that spanned more than forty years. Lawyers, politicians, and the socially elite of Houston were among those who sat for Joy. Photos in the collection, assembled over the course of his work, include those of Lillie Abercrombie, Robert E. Blaffer, Sarah Campbell Blaffer, Alfred C. Glassell Jr., William Clayton, Libbie Rice Farish, William Stamps Farish, Lamar Fleming, and Lyndon B. Johnson.

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Formal oval portrait of James McKay Lykes in his early 20's, wearing a suit and a tie.

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original print, black and white (matte); well-preserved

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James McKay Lykes (1880-1943), member of the legendary shipping, cattle, and agricultural Floridian family, was founder, first President, and subsequent board chairman of the Lykes Brothers Steamship Company. Lykes introduced the family’s cattle-shipping business to Texas by 1907. In 1909, he and his brother, Joseph Taliaferro Lykes, formed the predecessor to the company that would one day become the world’s largest steamship line. Incarnations of the company served as the United States shipping agents in WWI and WWII. Lykes resided in Houston, where he led an active civic and cultural life, from 1925 until his death in 1943.

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Robert Joy Collection

Robert Joy, considered Houston's premiere portraitist, painted more than 350 portraits over a career that spanned more than forty years. Lawyers, politicians, and the socially elite of Houston were among those who sat for Joy. Photos in the collection, assembled over the course of his work, include those of Lillie Abercrombie, Robert E. Blaffer, Sarah Campbell Blaffer, Alfred C. Glassell Jr., William Clayton, Libbie Rice Farish, William Stamps Farish, Lamar Fleming, and Lyndon B. Johnson.

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  • 1900~

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  • Oct. 9, 2006, 8:08 a.m.

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Pierson, Hot Springs, Arkansas. [James McKay Lykes oval portrait, black and white], photograph, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth18697/: accessed September 26, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.