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"Pan Playing His Pipes," Charming Mural Sketch for Liberty Music Shop, NYC



Full of verdant greens and suffused with a lovely quiet spirit, this depiction of Pan resting against a tree and playing his pipes was a perfect image for the famous Liberty Music Shop in New York. This sketch for a mural at the Shop was painted by Donald Forbes, who worked for the Federal Art Project in the 1930s where he would have learned from the work of other muralists supported by federal programs. Liberty Music Shop was famous for its collection of sophisticated jazz recordings from around the world; in the 1930s it created its own label, producing a series of records for Lee Wiley, Beatrice Lillie, Mabel Mercer, Ethel Merman, Ethel Waters and others.


  • Creator
    Donald Forbes (Painter)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 9.5 in. (24.13 cm)Width: 11.75 in. (29.85 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Circa 1940s
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU86511168672

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