Image: Study for Bordner Mural
(Detroit, Michigan, 1867 - 1949, Northfield Center, Ohio)

Study for Bordner Mural , 1936

Watercolor, graphite and gouache on paper
12 in. x 11 in. (30.48 cm x 27.94 cm)
Gift of Robert Bordner
This drawing is a study for the Bordner Mural, which hangs at the end of the wall to your right.  The Bordners and Sommers were close friends.  The painting, which is not really a mural, was probably commissioned by Ruth Bordner as a birthday gift for her husband Robert, a newspaperman in Cleveland. The scene probably depicts the Bordners’ residence in Peninsula, where the painting hung over the mantel for thirty years.  The inclusion of the boy is curious as the Bordners were childless and by this time, Sommers’ children were adults.
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