|Born||July 13, 1901
Bronxville, New York
Sag Harbor, New York
Henry Billings was a 20th-century American artist. He was a painter, illustrator, muralist, and art instructor active in New York City. He was a grandson of John Shaw Billings, a surgeon and the first director of the New York Public Library.
Life and work
His painting style shows an interest in the mechanical and machinery, as well as an attraction to surrealism.
During the New Deal, Billings created a number of murals on commissions overseen by the Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture (later, the Section of Fine Arts). In 1936-37, he created a series of five murals depicting winter sports for the Lake Placid, New York post office. He also contributed murals to post offices in Medford, Massachusetts, Wappinger Falls, New York, and Columbia, Tennessee, and a striking mural of a panther which still hangs near the ladies' powder room in Radio City Music Hall at Rockefeller Center.
Billings died in Sag Harbor, New York, in October 1985.
- "White Boats," circa 1929 
- "Panther Mural," 1932, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center 
- "Maury County Landscape," 1942, Post Office of Columbia, Tennessee
- Howard Hull (1 January 1996), Tennessee Post Office Murals, The Overmountain Press, pp. 34–, ISBN 978-1-57072-030-7
- Billings, Henry. "Number: 071-12-2279; Issue State: New York". U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current. Ancestry.com. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
- "Henry Billings". AskArt. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
- EDWARD, ALDEN JEWELL. (1933, Jan 22). "Exhibition by Henry Billings reveals the artist as being enrolled with the surrealistes." New York Times (1923-Current File). Retrieved from proquest.com, December 18, 2013.
- Manchester, Lee (September 1, 2006). "Fine art adorns Placid post office". Lake Placid News. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
- "Panther Mural". Art and History. Rockefeller Center. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
- Ground Strafing: Paintings show what U.S. fliers see during low-altitude attacks, LIFE, Time Inc, 30 July 1945, pp. 54–56, ISSN 0024-3019
- "Lot Description: Henry Billings (1901-1985), White Boats". Christie's. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
- Carroll Van West (2001), Tennessee's New Deal Landscape: A Guidebook, Univ. of Tennessee Press, pp. 7–, ISBN 978-1-57233-108-2
- Henry Billings letters and photographs, 1955, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
- Oral history interview with Henry Billings, 1964 Nov. 25, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution