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Description: Watercolor of the Ohio Statehouse by Ralph Fanning, ca. 1935-1945. The Ohio capitol was built between 1839 and 1861 in the Greek Revival style, resembling the Parthenon in Greece. One of the best examples of Greek Revival civic architecture in the United States, it is also one of the oldest working statehouses in the nation. It is a masonry building, consisting largely of brick and Columbus limestone quarried from the west banks of the Scioto River. Artist and art historian Ralph Fanning was born on Long Island in 1889. A Quaker, Fanning served in France in compassionate non-military service during World War I. In the 1920s, he joined the Ohio State University Art Department, becoming a full professor in 1924. Fanning was a skilled artist, especially talented at depicting bridges and buildings. He sketched and painted numerous buildings in Columbus and throughout Ohio. In 1950, Fanning became ill and was later diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The disease affected his work, but he continued to paint and sketch. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL04159
Subjects: Cultural Ohio--Art and Artists; Architecture--Ohio; Ohio State University--History; Ohio Statehouse (Columbus, Ohio)
Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)