Faulkner, Barry, 1881-1966

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From the description of Barry Faulkner papers, 1861-1966 (bulk 1900-1966). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82380415

Muralist, painter, and teacher; Keene, N.H.

Studied with George de Forest Brush, Abbott Handerson Thayer, and at the American Academy in Rome. Was a trustee of the McDowell Colony, Peterborough, N.H. Died Oct. 27, 1966.

From the description of Barry Faulkner papers, 1900-1973. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78618549

Artist (July 12, 1881 - Oct 27, 1966).

Barry Faulkner was a noted illustrator, painter, and muralist from Keene, NH who is perhaps best remembered for his murals in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, picturing people and events of the American Revolution and the founding of the Republic. As a boy, he studied with his relative, the painter and naturalist Abbott Thayer, and as a young man he was a student of August Saint-Gaudens in Cornish, NH. Faulkner's circle of friends included some of the noteworthy artists, writers, and personalities of his day, including writers William James, Padraic Colum, Witter Bynner, architect Eric Gugler, artists Paul Manship, John LaFarge, and James Earle Fraser, and many in the intellectual and artistic community in Nelson, NH, including Olivia Rodham. Faulkner graduated from Exeter Academy and entered Harvard in 1899 but spent only a year there before leaving to pursue artistic opportunities in Italy and to study with Saint-Gaudens. He would move between Italy and New York for the next several years, developing his craft and his reputation as a muralist and illustrator. His subjects include historical and allegorical portrayals of people, places, and events. In 1961 he was awarded a medal for distinguished contribution from the American Academy in Rome. In 1936, Faulkner and his sister Katherine bought a farm on West Hill in Keene, naming it the "Bounty"; he built a studio there and moved between Keene and his home in New York City. He moved to Keene permanently in 1965. In addition to the murals at the National Archives, Faulkner's murals adorn the Rockefeller Center in New York, the state capitols in Oregon and New Hampshire, and the John Hancock Building in Boston. A mural is also housed at the Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene.

From the description of [Barry Faulkner album and scrapbook collection]. (General Conference Mennonite Church). WorldCat record id: 63520935

Barry Faulkner (1881-1966) was a muralist, painter, and teacher from Keene, N.H.

Studied with George de Forest Brush, Abbott Handerson Thayer, and at the American Academy in Rome. He was a trustee of the McDowell Colony, Peterborough, N.H.

From the description of Barry Faulkner papers, circa 1858-1973. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 646393861

Francis Barrett Faulkner was born on July 12, 1881 in Keene, New Hampshire. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and went on to study at Harvard College. Around this same time, Faulkner began an apprenticeship with his cousin and painter Abbott Handerson Thayer and painter George de Forest Brush. He also met sculptors James Earle Fraser and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, both of whom became Faulkner's lifelong friends.

In 1901, Faulkner traveled to Italy for the first time with Thayer and his family. He returned to New York in 1902 and studied at the Art Students League and Chase School. He also completed illustration work for Century magazine.

In 1907, Faulkner won the Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome. shortly thereafter, he left to study in Italy for three years, studying with George de Forest Brush and befriending sculptor Paul Manship. Upon his return in 1910, he started working on his first mural, commissioned by the wife of railroad executive E.H. Harriman. Having found his niche, Faulkner continued taking mural commissions until his career was interrupted by World War I and his service in the camouflage section of the army. Shortly after the war, he completed a mural for the marine headquarters in Quantico, Virginia.

Between 1923-1924, Faulkner worked in collaboration with Eric Gugler and Paul Manship to create the American Academy in Rome war memorial. Also following the war, Faulkner completed murals for the Eastman School of Music in 1922, the Rockefeller Center in 1932, and the National Archives in 1936. That same year, Faulkner bought and refurbished a house named "The Bounty" in Keene, New Hampshire, and built a studio nearby. In 1930, he was elected as a trustee of the American Academy in Rome.

During the 1940s, Faulkner created murals for numerous public buildings and sites around New Hampshire including the Senate Chambers in Concord, the Elliot Community Hospital, Keene National Bank, and the Cheshire County Savings Bank in Keene. During his final decades, Faulkner wrote an unpublished manuscript on the history of art in the Connecticut River Valley entitled A Neighborhood of Artists, and his posthumously published memoirs, Sketches of an Artist's Life. Faulkner died in 1966, in Keene, New Hampshire.

From the guide to the Barry Faulkner papers, circa 1858-1973, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921. Abbott Handerson Thayer and Thayer family papers, 1851-1999, bulk 1881-1950. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Faulkner, Barry, 1881-1966. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Bowditch, Nancy Douglas. Nancy Douglas Bowditch papers, ca. 1900s-1970s. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library
creatorOf Faulkner, Barry, 1881-1966. [Barry Faulkner album and scrapbook collection]. Keene State College, Wallace E. Mason Library
referencedIn Hand, Learned. Learned Hand papers. 1840-1961. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Nancy Douglas Bowditch papers, 1888-1979 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bowditch, Nancy Douglas. Nancy Douglas Bowditch papers, 1888-1979. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Faulkner, Barry, 1881-1966. Barry Faulkner papers, circa 1858-1973. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bowditch, Nancy Douglas. Nancy Douglas Bowditch papers, ca. 1900s-1970s. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bowditch, Nancy Douglas. Nancy Douglas Bowditch papers, ca. 1900s-1970s. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bowditch, Nancy Douglas. Nancy Douglas Bowditch interview, 1974 Jan. 30 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Mark Anthony De Wolfe Howe additional papers, 1880-1959. Houghton Library
creatorOf Faulkner, Barry, 1881-1966. Barry Faulkner papers, 1900-1973. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Barry Faulkner papers, circa 1858-1973 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Abbott Handerson Thayer and Thayer Family papers, 1851-1999 (bulk 1881-1950) Archives of American Art
referencedIn Cowles, Russell, 1887-1979,. Oral history interview with Russell Cowles, 1969 Apr. 16 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bowditch, Nancy Douglas. Oral history interview with Nancy Douglas Bowditch, 1974 Jan. 30. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Faulkner, Barry, 1881-1966. Barry Faulkner papers, 1861-1966 (bulk 1900-1966). Library of Congress
creatorOf James, Alexander, 1890-1946. Alexander Robertson James papers, 1893-1983 1914-1946 (bulk dates). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Charles Moore papers, 1901-1940 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Leon Kroll papers, 1905-1974 Archives of American Art
creatorOf Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974. Leon Kroll papers, 1905-1974. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Faulkner, Barry, 1881-1966 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn American Academy in Rome records, 1855-circa 1981 (bulk 1894-1946) Archives of American Art
referencedIn Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest), 1892-1970. Henry Ernest Schnakenberg papers, 1905-1969. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924. Isabella Stewart Gardner papers, 1760-1956. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf American Academy in Rome. American Academy in Rome records, 1855-[ca. 1981] (bulk dates 1894-1946). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Faulkner, Barry, 1881-1966. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, [Between 1930 and 1963]. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn MacKaye, Percy, 1875-1956. Papers of Percy MacKaye [manuscript], 1897-1948. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Bowditch, Nancy Douglas. Nancy Douglas Bowditch interview, 1974 Jan. 30. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bowditch, Nancy Douglas. Nancy Douglas Bowditch papers, circa 1860-1985. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Moore, Charles, 1855-1942. Charles Moore papers, 1889-1940. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Louis Evan Shipman papers, ca. 1859-1933. Houghton Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith American Academy in Rome. corporateBody
associatedWith Beal, Gifford, 1879-1956. person
associatedWith Bowditch, Nancy Douglas. person
associatedWith Brush, George de Forest, 1855-1941. person
associatedWith Brush, Gerome, d. 1954. person
associatedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968. person
associatedWith Cowles, Russell, 1887-1979, person
associatedWith Fraser, James Earle, 1876-1953. person
associatedWith Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924. person
associatedWith Gibran, Kahlil, 1922- person
associatedWith Grimes, Frances, 1869-1963. person
associatedWith Gugler, Eric, 1889-1974. person
correspondedWith Hand, Learned, 1872-1961 person
associatedWith Hare, Elizabeth Goodwin, d. 1948. person
associatedWith Hering, Elsie Ward, 1872-1923. person
associatedWith Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue, 1830-1908. person
correspondedWith Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960 person
associatedWith James, Alexander, 1890-1946. person
associatedWith Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971. person
associatedWith Knox, Alexander, 1907- person
associatedWith Knox, Milly Lockwood. person
associatedWith Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974. person
associatedWith MacDowell Colony. corporateBody
associatedWith MacKaye, Percy, 1875-1956. person
associatedWith Manship, Paul, 1885-1966. person
associatedWith Moore, Charles, 1855-1942. person
associatedWith National Archives (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Of, George F. (George Ferdinand), b. 1876. person
associatedWith Parrish, Maxfield, 1870-1966. person
associatedWith Peter A. Juley & Son. corporateBody
associatedWith Platt, Charles A. (Charles Adams), 1861-1933. person
associatedWith Platt, Margaret Littell. person
associatedWith Platt, William, 1897-1984. person
associatedWith Powers, Hiram, 1805-1873. person
associatedWith Redfield, Edward Willis, 1869-1965. person
associatedWith Saint-Gaudens, Augustus, 1848-1907. person
associatedWith Saint-Gaudens, Homer B. 1880- person
associatedWith Saint-Gaudens, Homer B., 1880- person
associatedWith Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest), 1892-1970. person
associatedWith Shipman, Louis Evan, 1869-1933 person
associatedWith Smith, James Kellum, 1893-1963. person
associatedWith Smith, Joseph Lindon, 1863-1950. person
associatedWith Sweeney, James Johnson, 1900- person
associatedWith Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921. person
associatedWith Thrasher, Harry Dickinson, 1883-1918. person
associatedWith Tonetti, Mary Lawrence. person
associatedWith Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. person
associatedWith White, Lawrence Grant. person
associatedWith Young, Mahonri Sharp, 1911- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New Hampshire--Peterborough
New Hampshire--Dublin
New Hampshire--Cornish
New Hampshire
New Hampshire--Keene
Keene (N.H.)
New Hampshire
United States
New Hampshire
United States
United States
New Hampshire--Keene
Subject
Artists' studios--New Hampshire
Mural painting and decoration, American
Muralists
Painting, Modern--20th century
Artist colonies
Muralists--New Hampshire--Keene
Artist colonies--New Hampshire--Peterborough
Educators--New Hampshire
Painting, Modern--20th century--New Hampshire--Keene
Educators
Artists--20th century
Mural painting and decoration--20th century
Artists--New Hampshire
Artists
Artist colonies--New Hampshire--Dublin
Artist colonies--New Hampshire--Cornish
Mural painting and decoration--20th century--United States
Painters--New Hampshire--Keene
Painters
Artist's studios
Artists' studios in art
Arts
World War, 1914-1918
Occupation
Artists
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Birth 1881-07-12

Death 1966-10-27

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