In our vault, we have a section for paintings, plaques and other items that can stand upright. The above item lives there.
Here’s the label on the back of the painting:
Tidden, John Clark
Original painting from which illustration for “Classes” in 1916 Campanile was produced.
Given by Elva Kalb Dumas in memory of E. F. Kalb, Rice ’16. 07-30-1965
John Clark Tidden, born 1889, was an early member of the Rice Institute Art and Architecture faculty. His artwork is sought after and examples show up in the HETAG: Houston Earlier Texas Art Group newsletters.
Tidden also enjoyed drama. In 1921, he started “The Green Mask Players” with Caroline Levy and Mrs. Charles Robertson. Blanche Higginbotham a science teacher who taught at Houston South End Junior High, later South Jacinto High School managed the group. Their acting troupe was part of the Little Theatre Movement and was the first of its kind in Texas. On a side note, after looking at the Wikipedia entry, no one has added the Houston theatre to the listing of theatres. If you are a Wikipedia editor, that information would be an easy addition using the source below.
It’s a little unclear what happened to Tidden after leaving Rice in 1925. One source has him marrying a Lois Little and refers to him as a commercial artist. If you know more, please let us know in the comments.