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William Laurel Harris

Born: Feb 18, 1870

Death: Jul 3, 1924

Birthplace: Brooklyn

Nationality: United States

William Laurel Harris

Date of Birth : Feb 18, 1870
Date of Death : Jul 3, 1924
Birth Place : Brooklyn

William Laurel Harris was an American muralist, educator, editor and arts organizer. Harris was a member of the Municipal Art Society, the Architectural League of New York, The National Mural Painters Society, and The Fine Arts Federation; he also founded the Art Centre with Katherine Dreier. He painted murals, designed the decorative elements, and continued the work of John LaFarge at the Church of Saint Paul the Apostle on 59th Street and 9th Avenue, New York City. The church was called "an experiment in democracy in American art" by the order's founder, Isaac Thomas Hecker. Other contributors to its decoration include Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Stanford White, Frederick William MacMonnies, and Bela Pratt. Harris labored on this project for 15 years, from 1898 to 1913 until fired by the Paulists in what appears to have been a personal dispute. A disastrous "cleaning" in 1958 removed fourteen of Harris's Saints on side chapel walls, much of Harris's unique ornamentation, and his color treatment. A renovation in the 1990s did not restore any of Harris's decorative painting, but did preserve many of his most important works, including a nativity scene, the Virgin Mary Enthroned, St.

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