The City in 1833


ArtistWilliam Sommer
MediaOil on Canvas
Dimensions288" x 240"
LocationCleveland Public Library - Main Library

William Sommer (1867-1949) was a regional artist and an acknowledged leader of the "Cleveland School." These Cleveland School artists formed the core of an art community whose size and activity paralleled the growth and energy of Cleveland during the period. Sommer painted from the turn of the 19th to 20th century into the 1940s, absorbing the ideas of the Cubists and other innovative artists of the time.


This large mural, painted on canvas, was removed before the renovation of the Cleveland Public Library’s main, downtown, branch. Upon completion of cleaning and conservation treatment, the mural was attached to a support fabric, which was then mounted onto a custom made aluminum strainer. The mounting system was then hoisted into the niche and secured to the wall.

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