So impressed was Chicago Mayor Carter H. Harrison II with the work of Indiana-born (Shelbyville) William Victor Higgins (1884-1949) that he and a group of affluent businessmen agreed to sponsor him on a year's trip to the American Southwest. In exchange, Higgins would provide the syndicate with eight paintings of the local, New Mexico surroundings. Higgins arrived in Taos, New Mexico, in November 1914. For the 30-year-old painter, it was the beginning of a brand new career; he stayed on for 35 years, until his death in 1949.
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