Posted 12 months ago
(This painting is being posted in "Show & Tell" to allow for comparison with the Dorsey Doniphan portrait posted by hellokitty6811. Thank you.)
By the great courtesy of Mr. Devon Westerberg, Collections Manager - Fine and Decorative Arts, Supreme Court of the United States, we are pleased to present you with Dorsey Doniphan's painting of the Supreme Court, as it appeared in 1933-1934.
This painting, entitled “Interior of the U.S. Supreme Court”, depicts the Old Senate Chamber in the U.S. Capitol Building. Mr. Westerberg explained that the “Supreme Court occupied this room from 1860 to 1935, and the painting depicts what the room looked like from 1933-1934.” ( 1 )
This oil painting on canvas measures 30” x 40”. It was painted for the Public Works of Arts Project (PWAP), a Depression-era relief program for artists that was operative from Dec. 1933 to June 1934, and which was administered by Director Edward Bruce, himself a painter. The painting is signed in the lower left hand corner. This painting is not currently on display, and this is the only image I have ever seen of it anywhere. We are very grateful to Mr. Westerberg for his kind generosity in locating it for us. This is the only painting by Edwin Dorsey Doniphan (1897-1955) in the Supreme Court's art collection.
(1) Email of 6-20-12 from Devon Westerberg to miKKoChristmas11.