The representations of Marcel Tabuteau pictured below are the only original artworks that have been submitted to date. If you possess or are aware of other original artworks depicting Marcel Tabuteau, please click Submissions so they can be uploaded to this website.
The above framed, signed caricature is by Alfred Bendiner (www.michenerartmuseum.org/bucksartists/artist/24/) often referred to as ‘the Hirschfeld of Philadelphia.’ It was given to Rowland Floyd, former principal oboist of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra by Virginia Pleasants (A lifetime of great music for 100-year-old localite – Chestnut Hill Local …). Virginia was a friend of Rowland’s wife, Cynthia Millman Floyd (Cynthia FLOYD, Department of Music, 1970-2003 | Faculty of Arts …) whose husband was the well-known Philadelphia music critic Henry Pleasants (Henry Pleasants – Wikipedia). Bendiner provided drawings for some of Pleasants’ music reviews for the Philadelphia Bulletin of which this is one. The artist most likely presented the critic with the caricature. Henry also knew Marcel Tabuteau, having often heard him, and wanted Rowland to have it. After Henry passed away, Virginia presented it to Rowland during one of her visits to Ottawa. In 2016, Rowland presented it to his successor, Charles (Chip) Hamann (Charles Hamann | Biographies | National Arts Centre) along with a reed given to Rowland by Tabuteau when he studied with him in France. Only two examples of this image are presently known: the one above, and another given to the Curtis Institute of Music in 1976 by Elizabeth, the widow of Alfred Bendiner. It is pictured on the Home Page.
Copies of two other Bendiner caricatures are affixed on the frame’s verso, one of William Kincaid (former principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra) and the other of Tabuteau in a different pose.
The above caricature of Marcel Tabuteau by Alfred Bendiner is widely known and appears in Bendiner’s book of music luminaries: Music To My Eyes. If anyone knows the location of the original, please contact us.