Barry Faulkner

Faulkner, Barry, b. 1881 d. 1966
Educator, Muralist, Painter
Born Keene, N.H.
Barry Faulkner painter of the murals in our Capital Building also painted the two murals Shown here were commissioned by the United States government and created by Faulkner during the Great Depression, one of which depicts the July 4th 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States were murals created by Barry Faulkner (1881-1966) and installed in the Rotunda of the National Archives building around 1936.

Each mural at the National Archives building measures 13’10" high by 34’10" long. The large paintings were executed in oil on canvas in Barry Faulkner’s studio at Grand Central Station in New York City. They were then transported to Washington, D. C., where they were fastened to the Rotunda’s plaster walls with a mixture of paint, varnish and turpentine.

A native of Keene, New Hampshire, Barry Faulkner was educated at Phillips Exeter and Harvard University. He studied art with Abbot Thayer and George de Forest Brush at the Dublin Art Colony in New Hampshire. In 1906 Faulkner went on to study at the American Academy in Rome for three years. For fifty years he painted inspiring and dramatic murals in buildings in New York, Washington, Rochester, Hartford, Andover, Salem Oregon and Concord, before returning to retirement in Keene.
Aside from the mural of Dr. McLoughlin greeting the first women
in Oregon:
The following are the 3 others in the Rotunda in Salem's Capital

First Wagon Train in Oregon

Lewis & Clark at the Columbia River
Captain Robert Grey at the Mouth of the Columbia River


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