John W. Norton
Norton was born in Lockport, Illinois, the son of John Lyman Norton and Ada Clara Gooding Norton. The family ran the Norton & Co. of Lockport. Norton's study of law at Harvard University was broken off when the family's firm went bankrupt. Before, and after a period of living as a cowboy and enlisting with the Rough Riders, he studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago (1897, 1899–1901); he would later teach there. His students included Frances Badger. He was influenced by the Armory Show and the Japanese printmaker Katsushika Hokusai.
Among his works are the landmark 1929 180-foot (55 m) long ceiling mural for the concourse of the old Chicago Daily News Building (mural not currently installed in this building, which has been renamed Riverside Plaza; designed by architects Holabird & Root, 1929); the Ceres mural in the Chicago Board of Trade Building (Holabird & Root, 1930); two large murals, "Old South" and "New South" commissioned by Holabird & Root for the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama; his Tavern Club murals at the 333 North Michigan Ave. building, Chicago (Holabird & Root, 1928); his American Heritage Series at the Hamilton Park Field House, 513 W. 72nd St., Chicago; four murals at the St. Paul, Minnesota city hall; twelve murals comprising The History of Mankind (1923) at the Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College, in Wisconsin; and his first major mural in Chicago's Cliff Dwellers Club (1909), where he was a founding member.
At the time of his death in Charleston, South Carolina of cancer, he was a popular and respected artist.
- William M. R. French memorial Gold Medal (1924)
- Norman Waite Harris Bronze Medal (1926)
- honorary Master of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago
- Gold Medal of Honor for Mural Painting from the Architectural League of New York (1931)
- Schulman, Daniel. "Frances Badger". chicagomodern.org. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
- Zimmer, John L. (2005–06) "Memories of John W. Norton's Mural Masterpiece," The Living Museum 67(4): 4-8.
- Gray, Mary Lackritz (2001) A Guide to Chicago's Murals. University Of Chicago Press.
- Tallmadge, Thomas and Tom Lea (1935) John W. Norton, American Painter. Lakeside Press: Chicago (privately printed).
- John Warner Norton (catalogue raisonné). Illinois State Museum.
- Works by John W. Norton at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about John W. Norton at Internet Archive
- A discussion of the mounting of Ceres: http://aic.stanford.edu/jaic/articles/jaic24-01-002.html
(JAIC 1984, Volume 24, Number 1, Article 2 (pp. 14 to 22) )
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