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  • Collection: Henry Varnum Poor: Studies for the Land Grant Frescoes

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Henry Varnum Poor set to work on the Land Grant Frescoes immediately after signing the contract, in September 1939. This drawing, annotated for content and with the right portion of the mural yet to be realized, is one of the artist’s first, a…

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After meeting with the Trustees to discuss his initial design in November 1939, Poor incorporated several of the board’s recommendations into this larger and more fully developed study. President Ralph D. Hetzel, noting that Penn State had grown…

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Poor executed several larger-than-life sized studies for the figure of Abraham Lincoln, for reasons that exceeded the president’s physical prominence in the fresco. In the statement that accompanied his presentation to the Board of Trustees, the…

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This drawing, squared for transfer and nearly identical to the likeness of Lincoln that appears in the mural, is likely the sketch incorporated into the thirteen-foot study of the president, too large to be shown here, which Poor used as a guide in…

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Poor dedicated nearly eight months to preparatory work, between September 1939 and April 1940, before beginning the actual painting of the north wall in Old Main. Much of that time was spent traveling throughout Pennsylvania, making numerous sketches…

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“To the right and back of Lincoln,” Poor wrote about the mural segment for which this painting is a study (and before he moved it to accommodate the scene involving President Pugh), “are students working in a shop or forge, over wooden…

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Not all of the studies made by Poor in the months that led up to his painting of the north wall were translated directly into the fresco. This drawing, quite possibly a view of a farm in Lancaster County, nonetheless captures the spirit, if not the…

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The contract engaging Henry Varnum Poor to paint the east and west walls of the mezzanine floor in Old Main’s lobby was drawn up in May 1947. As with the north wall, a significant amount of time was necessary for preparatory work—in this…

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These drawings accompanied a detailed written presentation of Poor’s ideas for the east and west walls that the artist forwarded to Penn State in November 1947. “Please express what you feel,” he wrote in the presentation, inviting frank…

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These drawings accompanied a detailed written presentation of Poor’s ideas for the east and west walls that the artist forwarded to Penn State in November 1947. “Please express what you feel,” he wrote in the presentation, inviting frank…
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