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Violet Oakley


(1874 - 1961)

Violet Oakley

Violet Oakley was the first American woman to receive a public mural commission. During the first quarter of the twentieth century, she was renowned as a pathbreaker in mural decoration, a field that had been exclusively practiced by men. Oakley excelled at murals and stained glass designs that addressed themes from history and literature in Renaissance-revival styles.


Evangeline (1897)

Longfellow’s poem deals with a French Canadian love story.

Author(s): Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Illustrator(s): Violet Oakley
Jessie Willcox Smith

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