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Object ID N1993.001.328
Object Name Mural
Collection Business/Industry
Credit line DHS Collection
Date circa 1935
Artist Walter Josephs Willoughby
Description Oil on canvas wall mural that probably came from the Bird-Speakman women's department store at 917 Tatnall Street in Wilmington. The mural depicts a fanciful scene with a lady being fitted in a blue, eighteenth-century style dress with red roses. The lady is being watched by a seated male figure who is dressed in a red suit. The whole scene is taking place against a landscape backdrop.
Dimensions W-48.5 L-52 inches
Owned probably Bird-Speakman department store
Used probably Bird-Speakman department store
Provenance This mural probably came from the Bird-Speakman department store at 917 Tatnall Street in Wilmington. It was found accompanying another mural (N1993.001.327) that is known to have come from that store, so this mural is likely from the same source. The artist's remaining family do not remember the mural in the store but think that it may have been taken down when the store expanded. The Bird-Speakman store was in business from circa 1935 until 1965. The artist, Walter Josephs Willoughby, was Marjorie Speakman's brother. Marjorie Speakman (1889-1978) was the owner of the Bird-Speakman department store chain.
Subjects Art
Department stores
Search Terms Bird-Speakman
Bird Speakman
Department Stores
Material Oil on canvas
Place of Origin Wilmington, DE
Medium Oil on canvas