“The Dawn,” a study by John LaFarge exhibited in the 1909 Annual Exhibition.
“John LaFarge…figuratively set off a bomb last night…at a dinner of the Architectural League…The League’s President, C. Grant LaFarge, son of John LaFarge, had handed his father…the medal for best mural paintings…’This recognition form the architects,’ began Mr. LaFarge, ‘comes very late in life. Perhaps I have only 3 or 4 more years left to me in which to live and work. A friend once came to me and told me I would never get a dollar’s worth of work from a great firm of architects in this city…That firm was the great firm of McKim, Mead & White. And for 22 years McKim, Mead & White never gave me any work. I don’t know why…But I could see no reason why thet should try to prevent a man from earning a living, especially in the name of art.”
The New York Times, January 9, 1909