Study for Mural for Appellate Court Building, New York; "Statute Law", Helmet for Figure of "Force"

  • Kenyon Cox, Study for Mural for Appellate Court Building, New York; "Statute Law", Helmet for Figure of "Force", ca. 1899, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Ambrose Lansing, 1983.114.4

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At the turn of the twentieth century, American artists decorated important public buildings with colorful and theatrical murals, images that were meant to enhance architectural spaces and impart lessons of good taste and moral values. In 1898 the National Society of Mural Painters nominated Kenyon Cox and nine other members to create murals for the new state appellate court building in New York City. The space given to Cox was the most challenging: Only four feet high and thirty-five feet long, it had two smaller, angled areas at each end.

Title
Study for Mural for Appellate Court Building, New York; "Statute Law", Helmet for Figure of "Force"
Artists
Date
ca. 1899
On View
Dimensions
17 x 13 7/8 in. (43.2 x 35.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Ambrose Lansing

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – historic – classical dress
  • Study
  • Figure female – bust
  • Dress – accessory – helmet
  • Allegory – quality – fortitude
  • Cityscape – New York – New York
  • Architecture Interior – civic – Appellate Court Building
Object Number
1983.114.4
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