Mitchell Jamieson

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Mitchell Jamieson
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First Steps
Acrylic, gauze, and paper on canvas. In a silver-colored spacesuit, astronaut Gordon Cooper steps away from his Mercury spacecraft and into the bright sunlight on the deck of the recovery ship after 22 orbits of Earth. Mitchell Jamieson documented Cooper's recovery and medical examination and accompanied him back to Cape Canaveral.
Born 1915
Linden, Virginia
Nationality American
Alma mater Abbott School of Art, Corcoran School of Art

Mitchell Jamieson was an American painter.

Jamieson was born in Linden, Virginia, in 1915. He studied at the Abbott School of Art and the Corcoran School of Art. In the 1930s, he traveled to Key West and the United States Virgin Islands to paint under the Treasury Department's Art Project, and received commissions to paint murals for post offices in Upper Marlboro and Laurel, Maryland; Willard, Ohio; and at the Main Interior Building in Washington, D.C. His works are in collections at the White House, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Seattle Art Museum.

Jamieson was commissioned to paint a mural in what is now the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building to commemorate Marion Anderson's famous concert at the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939. Titled “An Incident in Contemporary American Life”, the mural is still on view to the public who visit the building.[1]

Jamieson died in 1976.


  1. ^ "Online Murals Tour". U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 

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