Can you name the artist who painted this mural? Of course it's N C Wyeth's week on this blog and the title for today provides a huge clue, so the answer must be N C Wyeth. Seriously though, who would have thought that the master of illustration would paint this mural or be asked to take on such a mammoth project?
Although Wilmington Savings Fund Society restored the mural in 1998, the WSFS, in 2007, deinstalled and has donated the mural to the Delaware Historical Society during the renovations and recreation of the bank edifice as a different commercial endeavor. The Delaware Historical Society planned to install the mural in its Research Library facility down the street in fittingly another former bank building. Work to de-install and store the mural was contracted to Ely Inc. and entailed its removal and storage. "Removal of this oversized work was achieved by removing canvas panels attached to a wall and rolling them onto five large tubes. The removal project was directed and overseen by Ely and called upon the services of five different conservators, an environmental safety company and a hazardous material abatement company."