Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 6

"Progress of Civilization" Art Deco Masterpiece by Muralist Aiden Lassell Ripley



In this remarkable drawing, famed muralist Lassell Ripley depicts primitive man, warming himself by the fire with little to wear, looking into the distance toward the bright, white Art Deco spires of modern civilization. The contrast of early mankind with the advances of 1930s America is inspiring and beautiful, and Ripley clearly draw this to prepare for a mural project, probably unexecuted. Ripley is best known for his sportsman paintings, highly collectible today, but early in his career he became known for his murals, including several depicting the life of Paul Revere for the post office in Lexington, Massachusetts, and another for the Winchester public library. This drawing is executed in Conte´ crayon on board.


  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.75 in. (75.57 cm)Width: 20 in. (50.8 cm)Depth: 0.1 in. (2.54 mm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930s
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU86513768782

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    US$20 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to United States 0, arrives in 6-11 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Philadelphia, PA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vetted Seller
These experienced sellers undergo a comprehensive evaluation by our team of in-house experts.
Established in 2005
1stDibs seller since 2009
267 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 4 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Watercolor Painting 'The Stop Light' by A. Lassell Ripley, Listed Am. Artist
By Aiden Lassell Ripley
Located in Plymouth, MA
Aiden Lassell Ripley American, 1896-1969 Beautifully rendered watercolor by this well known 20th century artist. Titled "The Stoplight" and signed on the back by the artist. Depict...

Mid-20th Century American Paintings



Set of Six Art Deco Illustrations
Located in Forest Row, East Sussex
Set of six blue crayon vignettes, possibly designs for later Art Deco illustrations or paintings. Media: blue crayon on paper in later frame. Artist: Walpole Champneys (1879-1961)...

Vintage 1930s Art Deco Drawings



Pair of Rare Signed Art Deco Lithographs by Boris Lovet-Lorski
By Boris Lovet-Lorski
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of rare signed Art Deco lithographs by Boris Lovet-Lorski. Lacquered wood frames. Boris Lovet-Lorski (1894-1973), sculptor, lithographer, and painter who contributed signific...

Vintage 1930s Lithuanian Art Deco Prints


Glass, Paper, Wood

Pair of Art Deco Mixed-Media Pieces by Robert Reinhardt Von Liski
By Robert Reinhardt Von Liski
Located in Dallas, TX
Presenting a beautiful pair of Asian inspired mixed-media pieces executed in ink, colored pencil and gouache by Robert Reinhardt Von Liski(1908-1991), a Prussian-American artist. Von...

Early 20th Century American Art Deco Drawings



Art Deco Portrait of a Young Woman, England, 1933
Located in London, GB
Art Deco portrait of a young woman. England, 1933. Pencil and chalk drawing, well executed. Initialled "C.P.S" In vintage mount and frame. In excellent vintage condition comm...

Vintage 1930s English Art Deco Drawings


Wood, Paper

William Hogarth, Harlot's Progress, Litographs with French Comments
Located in Leuven , BE
About the artist William Hogarth (10 November 1697 – 26 October 1764) was an English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic, and editorial cartoonist. His work ran...

20th Century European Decorative Art



Original Framed Art Deco Jewelry Box Drawing by French Decorator Claude Cior
Located in Arles, FR
Interesting French pencil drawing by famous French decorator and designer Claude Cior from the Art Deco era. Featuring a typical 1920/30s jewelry box. No visible signature or mar...

Early 20th Century French Art Deco Drawings



Antique Art Deco Framed Etching of a Woman & Greyhounds Signed Louis Icart 1927
By Louis Icart
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a stunning, framed etching, of a woman with greyhounds, signed by Louis Icart, circa 1927. In excellent condition. The dimensions of the frame are 32.5" W x...

Vintage 1920s Art Deco Drawings



The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery