John W. Norton

John Warner Norton (7 March 1876 – 7 January 1934) was an American painter and muralist who pioneered the auditorium in the United States.

Norton was born in Lockport, Illinois, the son of John Lyman Norton and Ada Clara Gooding Norton. The intimates ran the Norton & Co. of Lockport. Norton's study of do something at Harvard University was damage off in imitation of the family's definite went bankrupt. Before, and after a become old of buzzing as a cowboy and enlisting considering the Rough Riders, he studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago (1897, 1899–1901); he would later tutor there. His students included Frances Badger. He was influenced by the Armory Show and the Japanese printmaker Katsushika Hokusai.

Among his works are the landmark 1929 180-foot (55 m) long ceiling mural for the concourse of the outdated Chicago Daily News Building (mural not currently installed in this building, which has been renamed Riverside Plaza; designed by architects Holabird & Root, 1929); the Ceres mural in the Chicago Board of Trade Building (Holabird & Root, 1930); two large murals, "Old South" and "New South" commissioned by Holabird & Root for the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama; his Tavern Club murals at the 333 North Michigan Ave. building, Chicago (Holabird & Root, 1928); his American Heritage Series at the Hamilton Park Field House, 513 W. 72nd St., Chicago; four murals at the St. Paul, Minnesota city hall; twelve murals comprising The History of Mankind (1923) at the Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College, in Wisconsin; and his first major mural in Chicago's Cliff Dwellers Club (1909), where he was a founding member.

At the times of his death on January 7, 1934, in Charleston, South Carolina of cancer, he was a popular and respected artist.

He was survived by his wife and his three children, a son and two daughters.

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