"mural" = moderately large, landscape-oriented painting

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Jul 1 21:23:17 UTC 2011

In an article discussing a forthcoming painting depicting a "pivotal
moment in the Battle of Bunker Hill" in the Boston Globe G section
today, Cate McQuaid describes it as "an elegant, minutely detailed
7-by-10-foot painting ... now filling the front hallway at Vose
Galleries".  Later she writes "In addition to the mural, there are
[at the Vose Galleries] several [other paintings]".

The OED tells me a mural is "A painting executed directly on to a
wall or ceiling as part of a scheme of decoration."

(I have another quarrel with McQuaid -- she refers to an American
fighting the British on the ever-memorable April 19 as a "colonist"
(which is not entirely incorrect), not as a "colonial" (which is much
more customary).)


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