Violet Oakley: The Holy Experiment A Message to the World from Pennsylvania. A series of mural paintings at the state capitol. (Privately printed in Philadelphia in 1922). Signed and numbered limited edition (#134 of 500), 22 mounted color plates (some fold-out) printed in four colors upon San Marrro paper imported from Italy by the Japan Paper Co., full gilt decorated leather with two brass mounted clasps, elephant folio (16" x 23"). Spine one inch tear on top, some wear on bottom, tips worn through, some rubbing. Few pages brown on edges. Issued loose in portfolio.

    Violet Oakley (1874-1920) was the pre-eminent mural painter of her time. In 1893, she was commissioned to decorate the walls of the Governor's Reception Room in the capitol of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. After the death of fellow muralist Edwin Austin Abbey, she was offered the job of creating murals for the Senate and Supreme Court Chambers as well. An art critic of the time said that "...her grasp of the subject in union with great technical skill has placed Miss Oakley in the foremost rank of American artists. She was chosen to complete the important mural decorations in the capitol that Edwin A. Abbey had been commissioned to do prior to her death." This present book is a wonderful printed record of these impressive murals.

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