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    JOHN MCQUARRIE (American, 20th Century)
    Mural study of Sam Houston
    Oil on board
    28 x 29-1/2 inches (71.1 x 74.9 cm) (image)

    San Francisco sculptor and muralist John A. McQuarrie painted murals in Union Pacific, Central Pacific, and Southern Pacific railroad depots. In 1934, the Southern Pacific commissioned him to paint a 17 x 16 foot mural for Houston's new Grand Central Depot, which was demolished in the 1960s. Sketches of John McQuarrie's 1934 Grand Central Station mural of Sam Houston entering the city of Houston are all that survive of the original, which can now only be seen in photographs. Although McQuarrie may not be well known by some Texas art and Texana collectors, there is no denying that this piece is a special opportunity to own an important piece of Texas art and history, as well as a great symbol of the growth and dynamism, which has characterized the city of Houston from its founding to the present day.

    Although McQuarrie had been painting murals since at least 1909, he clearly adapted his style to remain current. Although his Sam Houston mural was a private commission, it is consistent in style with those being painted under the fairly rigid dictates of the Federally-funded New Deal art programs. This is especially evident in the heavy outlines of the figures, so as to make them easier to "read" from distance, and the strong colors in the palette.

    Condition Report*: Presents well in a custom mat and frame. Framed under glass. Possible light surface dirt. Otherwise no apparent conditon issues. Not examined outside of frame. Framed Dimensions 37.25 X 38.25 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2013
    11th Saturday
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