Judicial Portraits
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Luhring, Oscar R. Luhring, Oscar R.

Dates Served
1930 - 1944

Biographical Sketch
Born 2/11/1879 in Gibson County, IN
Died 8/18/1944 in Washington, DC

Federal Judicial Service:
Associate Justice, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia [Supreme Court of the District of Columbia]
Nominated by Herbert Hoover on June 23, 1930; Confirmed by the Senate on July 3, 1930, and received commission on July 3, 1930. Service terminated on 8/18/1944, due to death.

Education:
University of Virginia School of Law, B.L., 1900

Professional Career:
Private practice, Evansville, Indiana, 1900-
Member, Indiana House of Representatives, 1903-1904
Deputy prosecuting attorney, First Judicial Circuit of Indiana, 1904-1908
Prosecuting attorney, First Judicial Circuit of Indiana, 1908-1912
U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1919-1923
Special assistant to U.S. secretary of labor, Washington, DC, 1923-1925
Assistant U.S. attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, 1925-1930

Frame Dimensions
47.5 x 36.25

Canvas Dimensions
36.5 x 30

Overall Condition
Excellent. No signs of damage. Painting possibly a copy of earlier work.

Artist
Richard C. Henderson was commissioned in 1978 by Judge George Luzerne Hart, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to paint portraits of both sitting and former judges of the District Court. Mr. Henderson painted portraits of deceased judges by studying black and white photographs and talking with friends and family of the judges. Within a five-year period, he produced 23 portraits. At the conclusion of his commission, Mr. Henderson continued to paint portraits and landscapess. He taught at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, as well as at several private art schools.

Mr. Henderson is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he majored in Art and English. He holds a Master's degree from Vermont College of Norwich University, which is today the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He studied at the National Academy of Design in New York, working with Daniel Green, a recognized pastelist. Mr. Henderson also studied under Harvey Dinnerstein, one of several artists trained at the Tyler School of Arts at Temple University. Mr. Henderson studied at the Art Students League of New York with Robert Brackman, a Russian artist who become nationally famous after painting the portraits of Charles and Ann Lindbergh, among others.

Year Painted
1979