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Mitchell Jamieson

Mitchell Jamieson was an American painter.

Mitchell Jamieson
Alma materAbbott School of Art, Corcoran School of Art
Mitchell Jamieson's 1943 mural An Incident in Contemporary American Life, at the United States Department of the Interior Building, depicts the scene of Marian Anderson's 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial

Jamieson was born in Linden, Virginia, in 1915. He studied at the Abbott School of Art and the Corcoran School of Art. In the 1930s, he traveled to Key West and the United States Virgin Islands to paint under the Treasury Department's Art Project, and received commissions to paint murals for post offices in Upper Marlboro and Laurel, Maryland; Willard, Ohio; and at the Main Interior Building in Washington, D.C. His works are in collections at the White House, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Seattle Art Museum.

Jamieson was commissioned to paint a mural in what is now the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building to commemorate Marion Anderson's famous concert at the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939. Titled “An Incident in Contemporary American Life”, the mural is still on view to the public who visit the building.[1]

Jamieson served in the infantry of the U.S. Army between 1944 and 1945, on Omaha beach during Normandy Invasion 6 June 1944 carrying a M1 Garand. During the war he created many paintings from personal Army life experience.[citation needed]

Jamieson died in 1976.


  1. ^ "Online Murals Tour". U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved 10 April 2014.

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