Lot 90 of 210:
Bernard Zakheim watercolor sketch of the Tom Mooney trial  

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Mooney Trial
Zakheim, Bernard
San Francisco

Original watercolor sketch. Approximately 25.5x35.5 cm (10x14"). Titled and signed in ink at lower left.

A sketch of the scene at a 1930s era hearing seeking the release of labor activist Tom Mooney, wrongly convicted in 1917 for an alleged role in the 1916 Preparedness Day bombing in San Francisco. The artist held political views sympathetic to Mooney and was in the courtroom in support of his release. Mooney was pardoned in 1939 and died three years later, having spent 22 years in prison. Bernard Zackheim (Polish-American, 1898-1985) was born in Warsaw and studied at the Polish National Academy of Fine Art. He emigrated to San Francisco in 1920 following his service in World War I where he was among the founders of the Yiddish Folschule and the organizer of the first Yiddish art exhibit in San Francisco. In 1933 Zakheim helped found the San Francisco Artists and Writers Union. His best-known work is the mural "Library" in San Francisco's Coit Tower, portraying men reading newspapers and books. The fresco was painted in 1934 as part of the larger Coit Tower mural project, which Zakheim also helped organize and oversee.

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Light wear, label on reverse; very good.
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