Born: February 15, 1903
Wilmington, Delaware

Died: February 25, 1958
Wilmington, Delaware 

James Robert Kirkland

Judge, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Nominated by Harry S. Truman on January 5, 1950; Confirmed by the Senate on March 8, 1950, and received commission on March 9, 1950. Service terminated on 2/25/1958, due to death.

George Washington University, A.B., 1927
George Washington University Law School, LL.B., 1928
George Washington University Law School, LL.M., 1929
Benjamin Franklin University, B.C.S., 1930

Frame Dimensions
42 x 36

Canvas Dimensions
35.75 x 29.5

Overall Condition
Excellent. Left and right sides of the frame are slightly scratched.

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

Professional Career:

U.S. Naval Reserve Commander,
Assistant U.S. attorney, Washington, D.C., 1929-1934
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1934-1949
Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on the District of Columbia, 1947-1949