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'The Animal Kingdom,' Art Deco Mural Study with Male Nudes by John Garth



To our knowledge, this study is the only known image of this mural, created by John Garth to show an idealized Man at work and at play, all nude or semi-nude, and accompanied by animals ranging from collie and horse to squirrel and chipmunk. Clearly created to plan a large mural, this piece is executed in mixed media, including pencil, pen and gouache laid over a printed image. Garth was a giant among artists in San Francisco for many years, and served as Mural Director for the WPA Art Project there in the 1930s. He painted murals for the Sir Francis Drake Hotel and the University of California, among other clients, and also designed mosaic murals such as the famous "World Sources of Food" located in the Marina neighbourhood of San Francisco. At one point he kept a studio at the Fairmont Hotel Studios, at the rear side of the famous hotel, and at other points a studio at the Artists Building a few blocks away, at 535 Sacramento Street. This piece comes from the descendants of the artist.


  • Creator
    John Garth (Painter)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 9 in (22.86 cm)Width: 13.25 in (33.66 cm)Depth: 0.1 in (2.54 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930s
  • Condition
    Overall excellent; a vertical crease on left-hand side.
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU865111356941

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