Department of Justice, Decorations by George Biddle

ID: SIA2011-1301

Creator: Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) 1878-1954

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: May 1936

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder: Scrapbook A-N

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Summary

Photograph of George Biddle's mural in the Justice Department Building, and the crowd gathered around the building. Biddle was an American artist who worked on the Federal Art project. The mural in the top left of the photograph appears to be his mural, Sweatshop. The scrapbook has an arrow pointing to the upper left corner of the image to point out Biddle's painting.

Subject

  • Works Progress Administration (WPA)
  • Federal Art Project

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • George Biddle (January 24, 1885 - November 6, 1973) was an American artist who worked on the Federal Art Project, the visual arts arm of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration. He is best known for his mural,Tenement, which was displayed in the Department of Justice Building in Washington, D.C.. However, Biddle's mural in the top left of this photograph appears to be Sweatshop.
  • This image was taken by Ruel P. Tolman, former Director of Smithsonian National Collection of Fine Arts and is included in a scrapbook of photographs of Smithsonian staff, grounds and buildings, exhibitions, and Washington, D.C. scenes (Section J).
  • See Negative Number SIA2011-1300 for an additional image of George Biddle's mural on the Department of Justice Building.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder: Scrapbook A-N

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

May 1936

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Mural painting and decoration
  • Crowds
  • Painting

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

ID Number

SIA2011-1301

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 2.13w x 2.13h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print

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