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Panel 5, Legend of James Edward Hamilton--Barefoot Mailman (mural study, West Palm Beach, Florida Post Office)

1940 Stevan Dohanos Born: Lorain, Ohio 1907 Died: Westport, Connecticut 1994 watercolor on paperboard sheet: 14 x 22 in. (35.6 x 55.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration 1982.20.2 Not currently on view


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In a six-panel cycle for the West Palm Beach post office Stevan Dohanos illustrated the story of James Edward Hamilton, a mail carrier who walked a route along the beach between Lake Worth and Miami, Florida. According to one account, he was attacked by alligators while attempting to retrieve a mail skiff in 1887, and lost his life "in the line of duty."

Special Delivery: Murals for the New Deal Era, 1988

Keywords

Animal - reptile - alligator

Landscape - marsh

Landscape - plant - Spanish moss

Occupation - service - postman

Portrait male - Hamilton, James Edward - knee length

Study - mural study

Travel - water - rowboat

New Deal - Treasury Section of Painting and Sculpture - Florida

painting

paint - watercolor

paperboard - whatman

About Stevan Dohanos

Born: Lorain, Ohio 1907 Died: Westport, Connecticut 1994

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