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Paul Cadmus
Aspects of Suburban Life: Public Dock
1936
oil and tempera
31 3/8 x 52 5/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of State



Cadmus conceived these three paintings as preliminary versions of murals commissioned for the Port Washington, New York, post office. He had to abandon the project, however, when the postmaster of the affluent Long Island suburb objected to his satirical depiction of residents and their cranky children.