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"Herdsman, Asterion & Chara," Rare Art Deco Mural Study, Bushnell Auditorium



Painted by the renowned muralist, Barry Faulkner, in 1929 for the ceiling of the Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall in Hartford, Connecticut, this remarkable Art Deco study depicts Canes Venatici, or the Herdsman holding two hounds, Asterion and Chara, by the leash as they chase Ursa Major around the Pole. The overall theme of the ceiling mural is "Drama" and it is reputed to be the largest and most ambitious in America, featuring the allegorical figure of Drama surrounded by the constellations and the Zodiac, as well as modern symbols of America including Al Jolson and modern skyscrapers. Faulkner was an important figure in the Art Deco era, very good friends with Paul Manship and other major artists of the day, and a muralist/mosaic designer for the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C., Rockefeller Center and the state capitols in Oregon and New Hampshire.


  • Creator
    Barry Faulkner (Painter)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 11.25 in. (28.58 cm)Width: 14.75 in. (37.47 cm)Depth: 0.1 in. (2.54 mm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Some yellowing.
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU86513608652

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