Paintings that were the basis of the massive murals in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., by Keene artist Barry Faulkner are on display in the Museum of New Hampshire History.
The paintings were studies for two murals 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 oil studies for the murals will be on display in the museum’s lobby through August 31, 2006.
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. In 1943 Faulkner donated the oil studies as well as photographs and drawings related to the murals’ production to the New Hampshire Historical Society.
The oil studies for The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States were recently cleaned, stabilized, and preserved by the Williamstown Art Conservation Center with monies from the New Hampshire Historical Society’s Katharine Prentis Murphy Fund.
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, and Concord, before returning to retirement in Keene.
Plan Your Visit Today
The Museum of New Hampshire History is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. The museum is also open Monday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from July 1 through October 15, and in the month of December.
Admission is $5.50 for adults; $4.50 for seniors; $3 for children 6-18, with a family maximum of $17. Children under 6 and members of the New Hampshire Historical Society are admitted free.
Guided and self-guided group tours are available by advance reservation. The adult group rate for guided tours is $4.50 per person for groups of 15 or more. The adult group rate for self-guided tours is $3.50 per person for groups of 12 or more.
Guided school and youth tours also are available. Visit our school programs page for details on our varied programs. For more information, and to arrange your visit, contact Education Services Coordinator Chris MacLeod at 603/856-0604 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Museum of New Hampshire History is located at 6 Eagle Square in downtown Concord, NH. Telephone: 603/228-6688
Take Interstate 93 to Exit 14. Northbound -- turn left at the light at the end of the exit ramp; Southbound -- turn right at the light at the end of the exit ramp. Stay in the right lane. At North Main Street turn right. Take the next right onto Storrs Street. Pass under a bridge and overhead parking garage; the museum parking lot entrance is on the left just as you begin to emerge from under the overhead parking garage. At the parking lot entrance gate, take a ticket to open the lot gate. After parking, cross Storrs Street to the museum entrance. The museum is a four-story granite building.
Parking is free for museum visitors. Bring your parking lot ticket to redeem for an exit token at the museum reception desks.
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Founded in 1823, the New Hampshire Historical Society is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and sharing New Hampshire history. The Society serves thousands of children and adults each year through its Museum of New Hampshire History, research library, educational programs, and award-winning publications.
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