Allyx Cox created five (four smaller, one floor-length) oil on wood murals for the 3rd class dining room. Depicted were oversized fruits and flowers in the prevailing colors cream white, red, brown and green.
about the artist: Ceiling murals of Allyn Cox decorate three corridors of the U.S. Capitol.
whereabouts: Unclear, removed during the Australis conversion in 1964, maybe sent back to the United States like other murals.
Wall decoration of 1. class children playroom by Allen Townsend Terrell.
wall decoration aboard America.
This artwork for the first class children playroom on sundeck consisted of over 100 panels. Pictured were, among others, happy farm animals, flowers, birds, goldfish, grasshoppers and seahorses. The paintings had to be retrofitted with a robust coating layer because many children could not resist to pet the animals and so the panels quickly showed signs of wear.
whereabouts of artwork: Remained aboard even after the expansion of the childrens deck during the Australis conversion, but is likely to have suffered from weathering during the 80s layup of the vessel due to missing/ destroyed windows. Fate after 1994 unclear. Maybe some panels were removed from the wreck, but the majority was likely to be claimed by the sea.
One of the four smaller of the five murals of the third class dining room on board America.
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Murals of 2. class lounge by C. John Marsman.
Clarence John Marsman took the inspiration for his five paintings in the second Class lounge from flora, fauna and historical buildings in the United States. The images resembled scientific drawings from nature guides and encyclopedias and were accurate to the last detail. In the flora images, he depicted among others, sunflowers from Texas, the apple blossom in Michigan and pine cones from Maine. The fauna is represented by studies of the blue bonnets from Texas. In the historic buildings mural each represented a different region. Independence Hall for the East, the Alamo for the Southwest, the Santa Barbara Mission in California, the cabin where Lincoln was born for the Midwest, and Mount Vernon for the South.
The outlines of the images picked up on the colors and patterns of the sofas, curtains and walls of the lounge and in the interstices there were circles of stars, which reminiscent the U.S. flag.
whereabouts of artworks: Unclear, removed during the Australis conversion in 1964, maybe sent back to the United States like other murals.
One of five Marsman murals aboard America.
Murals of 3. class children playroom by Thomas Skinner.
Thomas Skinner turned to popular children rhymes and fairytales for the wall decoration of the 3rd Class children playroom. Depicted are Mother Goose, Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep, the Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, Jack Horner and The Pied Piper of Hamelin. The murals were heavily damaged during the West Point years newly painted in a slightly different form in 1946.
whereabouts of artworks: Stayed aboard the ship until 1994. Some murals have been saved from the wreck and are currently in private ownership on Fuerteventura.
Murals aboard America, right wall shows the "Pied piper of Hamelin" fairytale.
Medallions of champions by S. Edwin Megargee.
Even the kennels of America didn't miss an artistic design. Edwin Megargee, famous dog subjects painter, created 24 medallions of famous champions for the America's iindividual kennels. The most popular breeds have been represended and many of the subjects have taken international honors.
During the voyage aboard each passenger dog was a allocated a champion instead of a simple box number.
whereabouts of artworks: Removed during Australis conversion.
Charles B. Gilbert painted against a warm white background his "Animals of the Barnyard" for the 2. class children playroom of the America. On the four walls ducks, chickens, guinea fowl, pigs goats, lambs and a contented spotted cow go their way, while a duckling watches bemused a snail on a log. Pink snails and yellow caterpillars, a butterfly and a praying mantis represent the insect world. A lamb bows to a courtseying flower, and a robin sings over a nest of pink eggs. A blackboard is worked into the design of a barn.
whereabouts of artworks: Removed during Australis conversion in 1964.
Bauernhoftiere im 2. Klasse Kinderbetreuungsraum an Bord der America.