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Dean Cornwell, Central Library rotunda
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
[ca. 1927]
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Artists Dean Cornwell (standing at the base of the stairs holding a large sketch) and Gile Steele (on ladder) work on one of the murals found in the Central Library rotunda. A male model is on the left; his back is to the camera. For over three decades, Dean Cornwell (1892-1960) was recognized as the "Dean of Illustrators", a nickname given to him by his peers. Celebrated and well known during his lifetime, Cornwell began his career as an illustrator in 1914. Between 1920 through the mid-1950s his art appeared regularly in magazines, illustrated books, and posters advertising hundreds of products. Cornwell was awarded the contract for the Los Angeles Public Library murals in 1927 and spent the next five years researching and painting the final canvases; he completed the murals in 1932. In addition to the Library's large murals, he painted over twenty historic murals in public buildings across the U.S. In 1959 he was inducted into the society of Illustrator's Hall of Fame. In the winter of 1960, Cornwell suffered severe abdominal pains resulting from a ruptured main artery and died - he was 68 years old.
1 photographic print :b&w
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Libraries-LAPL-Central Library Murals-Dean Cornwell.; A-001-978.2 4x5
Cornwell, Dean,--1892-1960
Steele, Gile
Central Library (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Public Library
Murals--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Artists--United States
Art--California--Los Angeles
Interiors--California--Los Angeles
Cornwell, Dean,1892-1960
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)

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