The Constitution Mural Poster
- National Archives Store Exclusive
- 36 X 16 1/2 inches
- Gloss finish
Bring home a poster of the Constitution mural for your own archive walls.
Barry Faulkner’s large-scale murals, on permanent display in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom at the National Archives Building, depict fictional scenes of the presentation of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Faulkner’s 1936 rendition of the Constitutional Convention— coinciding with the opening of the National Archives—portrays the delegates standing in an ancient Roman setting rather than sitting in a Philadelphia assembly hall. The mural shows James Madison offering the final draft of the Constitution to George Washington, President of the Convention. Faulkner’s portrait of the Framers of the Constitution was not originally well received. One commentator said he “must have been reading Roman history and not American history.”
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Faulkner’s The Constitution has the Declaration of Independence as its companion at the National Archives. Each mural, commissioned in 1934 and completed in 1936, is about 13 feet high by 34 feet long. Faulkner painted them in oil on canvas in his studio at Grand Central Station in New York City. They were then transported to Washington, DC, where they were “fastened to the Rotunda’s plaster walls with a mixture of paint, varnish and turpentine.” Both National Archives murals underwent restoration and cleaning in the early 21st century that cost over $2 million. Faulkner received $36,000 for his work.
The National Archives, through its National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), has entered into a cooperative agreement with the University of Virginia Press to create the Founders Online site and make freely available online the historical documents of the Founders of the United States of America.
Through the Founders Online website, you will be able to read and search through thousands of records from George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison and see firsthand the growth of democracy and the birth of the Republic.