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Mural Study #2:

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Artist:
John Decker, 1895 - 1947
Sitter:
Buster Keaton, 4 Oct 1895 - 1 Feb 1966
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., 23 May 1883 - 12 Dec 1939
Mary Pickford, 8 Apr 1892 - 29 May 1979
Harold Clayton Lloyd, 20 Apr 1894 - 8 Mar 1971
Francis Xavier Bushman, 1883 - 1966
Carmel Myers, 1900 - 1980
William Surrey Hart, 6 Dec 1864? - 23 Jun 1946
Gloria May Josephine Swanson, 27 Mar 1899 - 4 Apr 1983
Roscoe Arbuckle, 1887 - 1933
Peggy Montgomery, born 1918/1919
Medium:
Gouache, graphite and ink on illustration board
Dimensions:
Image: 17.1cm x 42.7cm (6 3/4" x 16 13/16")
Board: 21.1cm x 42.7cm (8 5/16" x 16 13/16")
Culture:
Mary Pickford: Canadian
Mary Pickford: American
Type:
Drawing
Place:
United States\California\Los Angeles\Los Angeles
Date:
c. 1941
Exhibition Label:
Wilshire Bowl Restaurant mural designs (studies #2)
John Decker—caricaturist, portrait painter, Hollywood personality, and friend of many actors—was a firsthand witness to the emerging star system of the 1920s and the transition from silent pictures to the "talkies." Decker created these vivid panels as mural studies for the Wilshire Bowl Restaurant, a popular Hollywood nightspot. Installed in 1941, the original murals, now lost, portrayed the sweep of film history, from the Keystone Kops and the "Perils of Pauline" to the film idols of the 1930s. The top panel shown here depicts such titans of the silent era as Buster Keaton, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Harold Lloyd, William S. Hart, and Gloria Swanson. The bottom panel includes Joe E. Brown, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, W. C. Fields, Mae West, and George Arliss, many of whom had started their careers in silent movies.
Topic:
Costume\Headgear\Military
Exterior\Waterscape\Seascape
Nature & Environment\Animal\Horse
Caricature
Imaginary
William Surrey Hart: Male
William Surrey Hart: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
William Surrey Hart: Performing Arts\Director\Motion Pictures
William Surrey Hart: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Harold Clayton Lloyd: Male
Harold Clayton Lloyd: Performing Arts\Director\Motion Pictures
Harold Clayton Lloyd: Performing Arts\Producer\Motion Pictures
Harold Clayton Lloyd: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Harold Clayton Lloyd: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian
Harold Clayton Lloyd: Oscar
Buster Keaton: Male
Buster Keaton: Performing Arts\Director\Motion Pictures
Buster Keaton: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Buster Keaton: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian
Buster Keaton: Performing Arts\Performer\Vaudeville
Buster Keaton: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Television
Buster Keaton: Oscar
Gloria May Josephine Swanson: Female
Gloria May Josephine Swanson: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Peggy Montgomery: Female
Peggy Montgomery: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Peggy Montgomery: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Child
Mary Pickford: Female
Mary Pickford: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Mary Pickford: Performing Arts\Producer\Motion Pictures
Mary Pickford: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Mary Pickford: Oscar
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.: Male
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.: Oscar
Francis Xavier Bushman: Male
Francis Xavier Bushman: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor
Carmel Myers: Female
Carmel Myers: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor
Roscoe Arbuckle: Male
Roscoe Arbuckle: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor
Roscoe Arbuckle: Performing Arts\Director\Motion Pictures
Roscoe Arbuckle: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.93.374
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Cecil B. De Mille

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Artist:
Wide World Photos
Sitter:
Cecil Blount DeMille, 12 Aug 1881 - 21 Jan 1959
Medium:
Gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 25.4 × 20.3cm (10 × 8")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1934
Exhibition Label:
Cecil B. DeMille was one of the great pioneers of the American motion picture industry. Time reported in a cover story of August 27, 1934, that he was "the only director who managed to walk the tightrope from silent to sound films without losing his megaphone or mannerisms." In fact, he was the last director in Hollywood to still use a megaphone! Time was critiquing DeMille’s sixty-seventh film, Cleopatra, starring Claudette Colbert in the title role, with Warren William as Julius Caesar. It was a typical DeMille production in that it was lavishly produced at an exorbitant cost and included a favorite DeMille prop—a bathing facility. Cleopatra’s bathtub covered an entire acre. The magazine noted that "the fabulous DeMille bathtub is a symbol not of cleanliness but of luxury."
Cecil B. DeMille fue uno de los grandes pioneros de la industria cinematográfica estadounidense. Time comentó en un artículo del 27 de agosto de 1934 que era "el único director que logró caminar la cuerda floja desde el cine silente hasta el sonoro sin perder su megáfono ni sus peculiaridades". De hecho, fue el último director de Hollywood que usó megáfono. En aquel momento, Time reseñaba la película número sesenta y siete de DeMille, Cleopatra, protagonizada por Claudette Colbert con Warren William como Julio César. Se trataba de un filme típico de DeMille, con una producción espléndida de costo exorbitante, y además un elemento favorito del director: un baño. La bañera de Cleopatra ocupaba un acre completo. Según comentó la revista: "La fabulosa bañera de DeMille es un símbolo, no de higiene, sino de lujo".
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Printed Material
Interior\Office
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Desk
Costume\Jewelry\Cufflinks
Equipment\Letter opener
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie
Costume\Jewelry\Watch\Wrist watch
Cecil Blount DeMille: Male
Cecil Blount DeMille: Performing Arts\Director\Motion Pictures
Cecil Blount DeMille: Performing Arts\Producer\Motion Pictures
Cecil Blount DeMille: Oscar
Cecil Blount DeMille: Legion of Honor
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine. Conserved with funds from The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation
Object number:
NPG.82.TC95
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National Portrait Gallery

W.C. Fields

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Artist:
Harry Warnecke, 1900 - 1984
Lee Elkins, active 1930s–1950s
Sitter:
William Claude Fields, 29 Jan 1880 - 25 Dec 1946
Medium:
Color carbro print
Dimensions:
Image: 42.3 x 32.6 cm (16 5/8 x 12 13/16")
Sheet: 43.7 x 33.9 cm (17 3/16 x 13 3/8")
Mount: 50.7 x 40.7 cm (19 15/16 x 16")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1938
Exhibition Label:
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Convinced that being "a definite personality" was one of the keys to stardom, W. C. Fields invented a larger-than-life persona as a loveable misanthrope that was part and parcel of the comic characters he portrayed. After an early career as a masterful juggler on the vaudeville circuit, Fields found his way to Broadway in 1915, where he joined Florenz Ziegfeld’s celebrated Follies and honed his comedic skills. He scored a hit as a small-time con artist in the Broadway musical Poppy (1923) and reprised the role in D. W. Griffith’s Sally of the Sawdust (1925)—just one of the many silent films that showcased his talent. Fields made the transition to talking pictures with ease, delivering memorable performances in movies such as David Copperfield (1935), The Bank Dick (1940), and My Little Chickadee (1940), for which he wrote the original screenplay with co-star Mae West.
Topic:
Exterior
Costume\Dress Accessory\Flower
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Top hat
Home Furnishings\Drinking vessel\Mug
Food\Beverage\Alcoholic\Beer
William Claude Fields: Male
William Claude Fields: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
William Claude Fields: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
William Claude Fields: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian
William Claude Fields: Performing Arts\Performer\Entertainer\Radio
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Elsie M. Warnecke
Object number:
NPG.94.46
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Mural Study #4:

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Artist:
John Decker, 1895 - 1947
Sitter:
Bob Hope, 29 May 1903 - 27 Jul 2003
Joe E. Brown, 28 Jul 1892 - 6 Jul 1973
Charles Winninger, 1884 - 1969
Charles Boyer, 28 Aug 1897 - 26 Aug 1978
Greta Garbo, 18 Sep 1905 - 15 Apr 1990
Clark Gable, 1 Feb 1901 - 16 Nov 1960
Shirley Temple, 23 Apr 1928 - 10 Feb 2014
Humphrey Bogart, 25 Dec 1899 - 14 Jan 1957
William Claude Fields, 29 Jan 1880 - 25 Dec 1946
Mae West, 17 Aug 1893 - 22 Nov 1980
Roland Keith Young, 1887 - 1953
Medium:
Crayon, gouache, graphite and ink on illustration board
Dimensions:
Image: 20cm x 51cm (7 7/8" x 20 1/16")
Culture:
Greta Garbo: European\Scandinavian\Swedish
Type:
Drawing
Place:
United States\California\Los Angeles\Los Angeles
Date:
c. 1941
Exhibition Label:
Wilshire Bowl Restaurant mural designs (studies #4)
John Decker—caricaturist, portrait painter, Hollywood personality, and friend of many actors—was a firsthand witness to the emerging star system of the 1920s and the transition from silent pictures to the "talkies." Decker created these vivid panels as mural studies for the Wilshire Bowl Restaurant, a popular Hollywood nightspot. Installed in 1941, the original murals, now lost, portrayed the sweep of film history, from the Keystone Kops and the "Perils of Pauline" to the film idols of the 1930s. The top panel shown here depicts such titans of the silent era as Buster Keaton, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Harold Lloyd, William S. Hart, and Gloria Swanson. The bottom panel includes Joe E. Brown, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, W. C. Fields, Mae West, and George Arliss, many of whom had started their careers in silent movies.
Topic:
Nature & Environment\Clouds
Exterior\Landscape
Costume\Dress Accessory\Flower
Equipment\Walking stick\Cane
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses\Pince-nez
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Top hat
Caricature
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Plumed
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Bowtie
Weapon\Gun\Pistol
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Cap\Yachting cap
Symbols & Motifs\Putti
Roland Keith Young: Visual Arts\Artist
Roland Keith Young: Male
Roland Keith Young: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian
Humphrey Bogart: Male
Humphrey Bogart: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Humphrey Bogart: Oscar
Clark Gable: Male
Clark Gable: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Clark Gable: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Clark Gable: Oscar
Joe E. Brown: Male
Joe E. Brown: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Joe E. Brown: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Joe E. Brown: Performing Arts\Performer\Vaudeville
Charles Boyer: Male
Charles Boyer: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Charles Boyer: Oscar
Shirley Temple: Female
Shirley Temple: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Ambassador
Shirley Temple: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Shirley Temple: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Television
Shirley Temple: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer
Shirley Temple: Health and Medicine\Philanthropist
Shirley Temple: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Child
Shirley Temple: Oscar
Mae West: Female
Mae West: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Mae West: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Mae West: Literature\Writer\Playwright
Mae West: Performing Arts\Performer\Vaudeville
Greta Garbo: Female
Greta Garbo: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Greta Garbo: Oscar
Bob Hope: Male
Bob Hope: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Bob Hope: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian
Bob Hope: Performing Arts\Performer\Television Personality
Bob Hope: Performing Arts\Performer\Entertainer
Bob Hope: Oscar
Bob Hope: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Bob Hope: Congressional Gold Medal
Charles Winninger: Male
Charles Winninger: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor
William Claude Fields: Male
William Claude Fields: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
William Claude Fields: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
William Claude Fields: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian
William Claude Fields: Performing Arts\Performer\Entertainer\Radio
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.93.376
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

William the Silent, (sculpture)

Count of Nassau, (sculpture)Prince of Orange, (sculpture)
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Sculptor:
Royer, Lodewyk 1793-1868 (copy after)
Dupuis, Toon 1877-1937
Founder:
Fonderie Nationale des Bronzes
Subject:
William the Silent
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze; Base: stone
Culture:
Dutch
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Rutgers University Facilities Maintenance New Brunswick New Jersey 08903
Located Rutgers University College Avenue Campus, Voorhees Mall, off Seminary Place New Brunswick New Jersey
Date:
Dedicated June 9, 1928
Notes:
Save Outdoor Sculpture, New Jersey survey, 1994.
Summary:
William the Silent stands with his proper right hand raised to his chest, pointing with his index finger. He holds an open scroll with his proper left hand. A small dog sits at his feet on his proper right. William the Silent wears the clothes of a civilian magistrate of the 16th century. He has a moustache and a beard, and he wears a ruffled collar, an open ankle-length coat, a buttoned vest, and bloomers. The sculpture is mounted on a square base.
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length
Occupation--Other--Aristocrat
Animal--Dog
Dress--Historic--Elizabethan Dress
Ethnic
Control number:
IAS NJ000364
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
Additional Online Media:

William the Silent, (sculpture)

Artist:
Labaer, Jean Jacques
Subject:
William The Silent
Medium:
Brass
Type:
Sculptures
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 206
[Exhibited under heading: "Artistic Brass Work."]
United States Centennial Commission. International Exhibition. 1876 Official Catalogue. Part II. Art Gallery, Annexes, and Out-Door Works of Art. Department IV.--Art. Sixth and Revised Edition. Philadelphia: Published for the Centennial Catalogue Company. By John R. Nagle and Company. Printed at the Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass. 1876.
Artist address: Antwerp.
Topic:
Portrait male
Control number:
AECI 03023020
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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