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Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches are a reflection of the homestead and the building of barb wire fences. These panels were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches were a reflection of the "historic struggle of man with nature" and how the hand of erosion was moving toward the abandoned farm house. These panels were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary work on a portion of the statehouse mural entitled "Tragic Prelude" by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946). Located north of the archway on the second-floor of the capitol in Topeka, Kansas, the mural illustrates a bison hunter with a slain bison and thundering herds of bison in the background. The mural's dimensions are 22 feet long and 11 1/2 feet high.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches for the statehouse mural entitled "Kansas Pastoral" by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946). Located on the west wall of the archway on the second-floor of the capitol in Topeka, Kansas, the mural illustrates a family and their farm as the night and evening sky merge together on the Kansas prairie.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches are a reflection of the sacrifice of life on the Santa Fe Trail and the oil field industry and were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketch for the statehouse mural entitled "Tragic Prelude" by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946). Located on the north wall on the second-floor of the capitol in Topeka, Kansas, the mural illustrates abolitionist John Brown holding a bible and a Beecher Bible rifle. At Brown's feet, two slain soldiers from the North and South are symbolic of the struggle during the Civil War. In the background, pioneers with their wagons are heading west as raging prairie fires and destructive tornadoes move over the prairie. The mural's dimensions are 31 feet long and 11 1/2 feet high and it is painted with oil and egg tempura paint.


Capitol, Topeka,Kansas

Capitol, Topeka,Kansas
Creator: Colcher, Larry & Worley, Barry
Date: 1999
This colored photograph shows the mural entitled "history" by E.S. Miragoli and Company of St. Louis, Missouri. The allegorical painting trimmed with a twenty four karat gold leaf border is one of four murals on the ceiling of the Kansas House of Representatives in Topeka, Kansas.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches are a reflection of the oil industry and the cattle drives and were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects of "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Colcher, Larry & Worley, Barry
Date: 1999
This colored photograph shows the mural entitled "law" by E.S. Miragoli and Company of St. Louis, Missouri. The allegorical painting is located above the Speaker of the House's desk and trimmed with a twenty four karat gold leaf border. The mural is one of four illustrations on the ceiling of the House of Representatives in Topeka, Kansas.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Colcher, Larry & Worley, Barry
Date: 1999
This colored photograph shows the mural entitled "the first dawn" by E. S. Miragoli and Company of St. Louis Missouri. The allegorical painting trimmed with a twenty four karat gold leaf border is one of four murals that are on the ceiling of the House of Representatives in Topeka, Kansas.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketch for the statehouse mural by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946). The sketch illustrates an abundance of corn and a sea of water on the Kansas prairie. The proposed artwork was to be commissioned into a mural for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" prevented the sketch from becoming a reality.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketch on the statehouse mural entitled the "Kansas Pastoral" by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946). Located on the south wall on the second-floor of the capitol in Topeka, Kansas, the mural illustrates a Hereford bull with grazing steers and doves in Osage orange trees. In the distance wheat shocks and a grain elevator are depicted as the setting sun and white clouds meet on the prairie's horizon.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketch for a portion of the statehouse mural entitled "Tragic Prelude" by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946). Located north of the archway on the second-floor of the capitol in Topeka, Kansas, the mural illustrates a bison hunter with a slain bison and thundering herds of bison in the background. On the south side of the archway, Coronado and Padre Padilla, the Franciscan missionary, look across the Kingdom of Quivira as buzzards loom overhead. The mural's dimensions are 22 feet long and 11 1/2 feet high.


Dedication of eight mural paintings

Dedication of eight mural paintings
Date: April 30, 1978
This brochure has pictures and descriptions of the eight mural paintings in the Kansas State Capitol and information about the artist, Lumen Martin Winter.


Dome mural, Topeka, Kansas

Dome mural, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Strickrott, John F
Date: Between 1902 and 1920
This sepia colored photograph shows the mural of "knowledge" located on the fourth floor, under the east side of the, capitol dome in Topeka, Kansas. The panel was completed in 1902 under the supervision of painter Abner Crossman at a cost of $7,600 dollars. The fresco panel depicts the allegorical figure of "Knowledge" holding an open book in her lap. To her right, "Temperance" is pouring from a pitcher and on the left is "Religion" with a bible in hand and a cross at her side.


Dome mural, Topeka, Kansas

Dome mural, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Strickrott, John F
Date: Between 1902 and 1920
This sepia colored photograph shows a mural of "peace" located on the fourth floor, under the west side of the, capitol dome in Topeka, Kansas. The panel was completed in 1902 under the supervision of painter Abner Crossman at a cost of $7,600 dollars. The fresco panel depicts the allegorical figure of "Peace" in a mosaic background holding a sword intertwined with roses. To her left is "Art" painting at an easel while "Science" measures the globe with a compass on her right.


Dome mural, Topeka, Kansas

Dome mural, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Strickrott, John F
Date: Between 1902 and 1920
This sepia colored photograph shows the mural of "power" located on the fourth floor, under the south side, of the capitol dome in Topeka, Kansas. The panel was completed in 1902 under the supervision of painter Abner Crossman at a cost of $7,600 dollars. The fresco panel depicts the allegorical figure of "Power" in a mosaic background holding a half drawn sword. To her left sits a Civil War Veteran and on the right a Spanish-American War Veteran.


Dome mural, Topeka, Kansas

Dome mural, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Strickrott, John F.
Date: Between 1902 and 1920
This sepia colored photograph shows the mural of "plenty" located on the fourth floor ,under the north side of the, capitol dome in Topeka, Kansas. The panel was completed in 1902 under the supervision of painter Abner Crossman at a cost of $7,600 dollars. The fresco panel depicts the allegorical figure of "Plenty" in a mosaic background with fruit arranged in her lap. To her right, "Labor" sits with pick and shovel in hand while on the left "Agriculture" is holding a sickle and a bundle of wheat.


Fresco work and cove panel decorations near the top of the Statehouse dome.

Fresco work and cove panel decorations near the top of the Statehouse dome.
Creator: Kansas City Star
Date: August 26, 1937
Fresco work and cove panel decorations near the top of the Statehouse dome, designed and painted by Kansas City artist, Jerome Fedeli. The murals depict seminudes which were called "nude telephone girls." Copied from Kansas City Star, August 26, 1937.


Governor's mansion, Lecompton, Kansas Territory

Governor's mansion, Lecompton, Kansas Territory
Creator: Winter, Lumen Martin, 1902-1982
Date: 1982
This image depicts the territorial governor's mansion, which in 1857, was temporarily located in Lecompton, Kansas Territory. This mural is one of eight painted by Lumen Martin Winter and displayed on the second floor of the Kansas capitol.


John Steuart Curry

John Steuart Curry
Date: Between 1941 and 1942
John Steuart Curry standing on a ladder by the "Tragic Prelude" mural.


John Steuart Curry's preliminary scketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas

John Steuart Curry's preliminary scketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946
Date: 1937
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches were a reflection of the "historic struggle of man with nature" and were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects, "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


John Steuart Curry's preliminary sketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas

John Steuart Curry's preliminary sketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946
Date: 1937
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry,(1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches were a reflection of the "historic struggle of man with nature" and were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects, "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


John Steuart Curry's preliminary sketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas

John Steuart Curry's preliminary sketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946
Date: 1937
This black and white photograph shows preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches were a reflection of the "historic struggle of man with nature" and were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects, "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


John Steuart Curry's preliminary sketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas

John Steuart Curry's preliminary sketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946
Date: 1937
This black and white photograph shows preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches were a reflection of the "historic struggle of man with nature" and were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects, "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


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