Drawing History

 Divine Law by Violet Oakley, The Pennsylvania Capital Murals, Harrisburg, 1906.

 Violet Oakley was the first woman to receive a major mural commission in the United States when she received the commission for the murals at the Pennsylvania State Capital in 1902.  She studied at the Art Students League and with the great illustrator Howard Pyle. She began her career as an illustrator which served her well in the stories she told with her narrative murals.

Portrait of Violet Oakley by Edith Emerson, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia.