Clement Read Strudwick
Laurence Stallings, 1936
Oil on canvas
31 1/2” x 39 1/2”
Portrait Collection, POR2008.1.1
During his prolific career, Laurence Tucker Stallings (1894-1936) was employed as a playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, literary critic, journalist, novelist and photographer. While attending Wake Forest College, Stallings worked as editor of the student literary magazine Old Gold & Black and would, after serving in World War I, marry Helen Purefoy Poteat, daughter of then Wake Forest College President Dr. William Louis Poteat.
His 1924 autobiographical work Plumes almost won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Being so well-received, Plumes served as the inspiration for The Big Parade, a very successful 1925 silent motion picture directed by King Vidor for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His most famous play, What Price Glory, was co-written with Maxwell Anderson, ran for 433 performances and spawned two film adaptations.
Artist Clement Read Strudwick (1900-1958) was the second of three sons born to Hillsborough, NC businessman Shepperd Strudwick. Like his brothers, Clement Strudwick would pursue a career in the arts, studying under painter George Luks in 1920’s New York City as well as Louis Francoise Billoule in Paris.
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