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New Hampshire New Deal Art

Post Office Artwork in New Hampshire - Most of the Post Office works of art were funded through commissions under the Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture (later known as The Section of Fine Arts) and not the WPA.

“Often mistaken for WPA art, post office murals were actually executed by artists working for the Section of Fine Arts. Commonly known as “the Section,” it was established in 1934 and administered by the Procurement Division of the Treasury Department. Headed by Edward Bruce, a former lawyer, businessman, and artist, the Section’s main function was to select art of high quality to decorate public buildings if the funding was available. By providing decoration in public buildings, the art was made accessible to all people.” from “Articles from EnRoute : Off The Wall: New Deal Post Office Murals” by Patricia Raynor

Unless indicated, works of art are located in the US Post Office building.

Location Artist Title Date Medium
Derry Vladimir Yoffe “Town of Derry” 1938 plaster relief
Laconia
Forestry Building
Philip Guston “Pulpwood Logging” 1941 oil on canvas
Laconia
Forestry Building
Musa McKim “Wildlife in White Mountains” 1941 oil on canvas
Lebanon Charles Anton Kaeselau “Rural New Hampshire” 1939 oil on canvas
Milford Philip von Saltza “Lumberman Log-Rolling” 1940 oil on canvas
Peterborough Marguerite Zorach “New Hampshire Post in Winter” 1938 oil on canvas
Plymouth R. Crawford Livingston “John Balch – First Post Rider of Plymouth” 1938 fresco secco
Wolfeboro Andrew Winter “New Hampshire Sugar Camp” 1938 oil on canvas

 

All mural images depicted on this site are used with permission
of the United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.

 

Concord – Public Library – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Nashua – Public Library – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Portsmouth – Portsmouth Junior High School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)