In 1890, the painter John Singer Sargent
--best known for portraits like Madame X
and The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit
--accepted a commission to execute a large-scale mural cycle in the Boston Public Library, The Triumph of Religion
. His last completed mural was installed in 1919, but the cycle remained unfinished. After years of decay, the cycle has undergone extensive conservation work, and the Library now has a detailed site devoted to Sargent Hall
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Vintage Car Crash Pictures
from the Leslie Jones Collection at the Boston Public Library.