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Rye Post Office Features John Jay Mural

The Rye Post office a mural by Guy Pène du Bois in 1938 titled "John Jay at His Home".
The Rye Post office a mural by Guy Pène du Bois in 1938 titled "John Jay at His Home". Photo Credit: Carol Bloom Stevens

RYE, N.Y. - Inside the Rye Post office is a mural by American artist Guy Pène du Bois in 1938 titled "John Jay at His Home".

Born into a French family in the United States, du Bois used art to depict the culture and society around him. His work can be seen in the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art, the Phillips Collection, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Virginia Art Museum, as well as in the Rye Post Office.

The mural in the post office depicts Jay, who was the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. It was   one of many murals commissioned by post office's across the country during the Great Depression. Jay spent his childhood in Rye educated there by his mother until he was eight years old, when he was sent to New Rochelle to study. After three years, he returned to homeschooling in Rye.

The post office invites all who visit to take a closer look at their mural.

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