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Dean Cornwell:
Functions of Combat; Service of Supply, circa 1945

Framed (ref: 651)

Charcoal and watercolour on paper,
twenty four designs each 12 × 12 cm (4 3/4 × 4 3/4 in.) or 9.5 x 12 cm (3 1/4 x 4 3/4 in.)


 


Literature: Patricia Janis Border , Dean Cornwell, Collectors Press, Inc., Portland, OR, 2000, p. 142.

These are the original designs for Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, situated near the southeast edge of the village of Neupré, twelve miles south-west of Liège, Belgium. Cornwell, an illustrator and
muralist who lived and worked in New York City, was commissioned to produce designs for twenty-four white marble panels depicting functions of combat and service of supply, from data prepared by the American Battle Monuments Commission. The panels were fabricated by the Pandolfini firm of Piestrasanta in Italy and were painted in black, on white Carrara marble, the background of each picture being cut back and gilded, indicated by the yellow background of Cornwall’s drawings.