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10. Banking and Law

George Harris | fresco | 10 feet by 10 feet The worlds of finance and law are represented here by a Federal Reserve Bank, the Stock Exchange (above), and a law library, with appropriate readers and guardians. The curly-headed blond boy is Fred Olmsted, Jr., assistant to John Langley Howard and later an artist in the Federal Art Project. In contrast with the scholars reading the law books is the right-hand scene: guards with guns protecting the large money bags at the bank—force versus dispassionate law. At the top, between the two, several clerks write figures on the stock market exchange boards, while the stocks take an alarming downward plunge.