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Study for "Divine Law"
Study for Supreme Court Room, State Capitol Building, Harrisburg

Violet Oakley, American, 1874 - 1961

Made in United States, North and Central America

c. 1917

Opaque watercolor, oil paint, gold leaf over bole, pen and black ink, and graphite on illustration board

Sheet: 20 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches (52.1 x 52.1 cm)

Research inconclusive. Copyright may apply.

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Purchased with the Director's Discretionary Fund, 1976

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Oakley was one of the first American women to achieve success as a muralist in the early twentieth century. This highly finished study is for the first of sixteen canvases installed around the walls of the Supreme Court Room of the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The final work, which is designed as an enlarged version of an illuminated manuscript, pictures an allegorical representation of Truth behind letters spelling "LAW."