"The Crescent and Liberty, 1886" Eureka Springs, AR
Offset lithograph printed on acid free paper, by John Bell Jr. (1937-2013)
17 x 22"
“As a child I was shown how to draw stick figures to keep me entertained while my mother went about her chores. This sparked a fascination with the arts that has lasted throughout my lifetime and taken me through several professional careers: illustrator, product designer and fabric designer to name a few.
Although I have visited our country from coast to coast, I was born and raised in Arkansas. I have a keen appreciation for the beauty of our state and the character of her people; and as a result, most of my paintings consist of AR scenery and turn of the century AR cityscapes. Old postcards, early photographs and on-site photography are part of the research into each composition. All of these elements are combined to capture a moment in time that you can almost remember, even though you may have never been there.”
The Department of Arkansas Heritage, quote by John Bell Jr.
The view is looking at the main entrance to the Crescent Hotel, circa 1926. The Statue of Liberty and the Crescent Hotel were both constructed in 1886. To the right, a streetcar is arriving from downtown Eureka Springs.
Headlights slice through a dense fog as guests arrive at the hotel. Outside the Crescent, an 8 foot version of “Liberty” stands atop a stone pedestal holding her lamp high against the shadows. The statue is no longer there; a crescent sculpture replaced the statue in later years.
- John Bell, Jr.