This oil on canvas mural was painted in 1929 by Leone C. Bradbury and depicts Little Jack Horner. The dedication plaque for this mural reads:
According to the story, “Little Jack Horner sat in the corner eating his Christmas pie. He stuck in his thumb and pulled out a plum…” One theory about this puzzling fairy tale is that that Christmas Pie was actually a collection of property deeds that were supposed to be delivered to the King and Jack was actually a thief who pulled out one of the property deeds and kept it himself.
“Little Jack Horner” is one of a set of nine murals painted in 1929 for the newly constructed Ellsworth Elementary School in Denver, Colorado. The entire set is now collectively titled “”Flights of Fancy.” The murals were wheat pasted to the walls of the kindergarten room and black borders were painted onto the wall around the edge of the canvas. The murals were commissioned by the building’s architect as part of construction costs. During that era commissioning art, especially murals, for school buildings in Denver Public Schools District No 1 (DPS) was considered to be an important and standard practice.
In 1995, prior to the building being demolished, all nine murals were removed from the walls, restored, cleaned, backed with canvas, put on stretchers, and framed by Hays Shoop, then a conservator with the Rocky Mountain Conservation Center at Denver University. DPS then hung seven of these murals in their administration building and two in a
200 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
Medium type: Oil on Canvas
Date created: 1929