Violet Oakley’s work included major commissions for the Pennsylvania State Capitol. This painting for the Governor’s Reception Room depicts William Tyndale’s sixteenth-century translation of the Bible into English, for which he was denounced as a heretic. The first in a series of fourteen works collectively titled “The Founding of the State of Liberty Spiritual,” the reproduction of the painting shown here was included in a full-color newspaper supplement published by the Public Ledger in 1913.
(Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Muriel and Philip Berman Gift, acquired from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with funds contributed by Muriel and Philip Berman, gifts (by exchange) of Lisa Norris Elkins, Bryant W. Langston, Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White, with additional funds contributed by John Howard McFadden Jr., Thomas Skelton Harrison, and the Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, 1985.)