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

  • Stevan Dohanos, Panel 5, Legend of James Edward Hamilton--Barefoot Mailman (mural study, West Palm Beach, Florida Post Office), 1940, watercolor on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, 1982.20.2

Exhibition Label

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

Title
Panel 5, Legend of James Edward Hamilton--Barefoot Mailman (mural study, West Palm Beach, Florida Post Office)
Artist
Date
1940
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 14 x 22 in. (35.6 x 55.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the General Services Administration

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Hamilton, James Edward – knee length
  • Landscape – plant – Spanish moss
  • New Deal – Treasury Section of Painting and Sculpture – Florida
  • Study – mural study
  • Animal – reptile – alligator
  • Travel – water – rowboat
  • Occupation – service – postman
  • Landscape – marsh
Object Number
1982.20.2
Palette
Linked Open Data
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