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John Steuart Curry sketch

Dates: between 1937 and 1942

Creator: Curry, John Steuart

In the late 1930s, artist and Kansas native John Steuart Curry produced this preliminary sketch for the mural, "Tragic Prelude," housed at the Kansas Statehouse. The sketch references John Brown and the struggle against slavery during the Territorial Period. Curry completed the mural in 1942, but due to Kansans' critical reaction he refused to complete the project. In 1993, The Wunderlich Mongerson, a Chicago-based art gallery, collaborated with Curry's widow to donate this sketch.

John Steuart Curry sketch