President William Howard Taft, 1909-13, and Golf
Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930
Wilson, Calvin D. (Calvin Dill), b. 1857
Birch, Reginald Bathurst, 1856-1943
This is one of forty-four small exhibits/canvases on U.S. presidents commissioned by the Theater Dept. in connection with its April 2012 production of a play on that subject: https://www.lakeforest.edu/live/events/472086-44-plays-for-44-presidents.
The College's Archivist and Librarian for Special Collections Arthur H. Miller undertook this assignment, for President Taft of the forty-four and with an open-ended charge to create something relevant, from his perspective of the College library's holdings. He was assisted in the production by Khamani Hagood '14.
The exhibit item on President Taft is from an article about Presidents' activities out of doors published in the Century v. 77, 712 written by Calvin Dill Wilson and the illustration reproduced from it is by notable illustrator ("Little Lord Fauntleroy" in 1886) Reginald B. Birch.
The illustration shows the rotund President Taft preparing a golf shot, and the article discusses Taft's outdoors activities in contrast to those of the small, athletic Roosevelt who preceded him in the presidency.
Miller, Arthur H.