1939 - 1945, Built to be a Gallery

Central Library Rotunda Mural, c. 1930

Dean Cornwall (1892-1960) was a celebrated and well-known during his lifetime. From 1920 through the mid-1950s, his art appeared regularly in magazines, illustrated books, and posters advertising hundreds of products. In this photo, Dean Cornwall is standing at the top of the stairs.

Eyre Powell Press Service, Los Angeles Public Library Institutional Collection/Los Angeles Public Library