Violet Oakley


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Oakley, Violet. The Holy Experiment, Our Heritage from William Penn. Philadelphia: Cogslea Studio Publications, 1951.

Violet Oakley was an American illustrator, muralist, and stained glass artist. She believed that the role of art was to inspire and instruct society. As a young woman, Oakley studied at Drexel Institute, where she learned to visualize and illustrate the most exciting moment of a historical narrative. A pacifist as well as a prolific muralist, Oakely was well-known for her powerful female figures. This copy of The Holy Experiment: Our Heritage from William Penn is copy 474 of 1,000 issued in the second printing. It depicts one of Oakley's most well-known commissioned works: a series of 43 murals she painted in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building.

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