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The Foundations - Building a Skyscraper

 - Joseph Pennell

Orange County Courthouse

About the Artwork

This lithograph print is located on the third floor south hallway.

About the Artist

Joseph Pennell
Joseph Pennell launched his career as an illustrator by selling picturesque drawings of south Philadelphia to Schribner’s Monthly in 1881. Following the success of his sketches in New Orleans, published in George W. Cable’s book The Creoles of Louisiana (1884), he married Elizabeth Robins, formerly his collaborator on a Century magazine article. the couple moved to London and became friends with the American artist James McNeill Whistler. Pennell, a prolific artist and writer, experimented with new graphic techniques and sought to draw critical attention to book illustration. The couple returned to the United States in 1917, and Pennell taught for several years at the Art Students’ League in New York City. Through Pennell’s bequest, the Library acquired their collection of books, manuscripts and graphic art.

Did you know?

Albin Polasek, heralded as one of America's foremost sculptors of the twentieth century, retired to Winter Park in 1950 where he completed 18 more major works

Discover Art in Central Florida!

For those who have eyes to see, there are hundreds of works of art around them. This web site provides some information on many of those works of art that can be regularly viewed in Orange County by any member of the public without an admission fee. They are outside in public view, or located in an interior area that is normally open to the public.

Look around this web site and find something that interests you. Then go see it in person. The information you find here will add to the pleasure of exploring public art in Central Florida.

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