Wednesday, December 17, 2008

William B. Van Ingen: Muralist

William B. Van Ingen (1858-1955) was a noted mural painter and stained glass artist. He did his preliminary art studies in Japan. Van Ingen later studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He produced murals for the Library of Congress, the Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Capitols, and the University of Albany. He is probably most well known for his murals depicting the construction of the the Panama Canal. They hang in the Administration Building in the Panama Canal Zone. Below are images of these Murals taken from the March 1915 issue of Scribner's Magazine.

The Spillway in Gatun Dam under construction.

Culebra Cut before the water was turned in.

Miraflores Locks in process of construction.

Erecting lock-gates.

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