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Alton  S. Tobey

 

Tobey with one of the three completed murals.

  The Naval History of
Saudi Arabia

         The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was involved in a project in Saudi Arabia and needed three murals depicting Saudi Arabian naval history for an officer's club. Tobey was commissioned to do the research and the murals, each measuring 6 x 12 feet.

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Ancient Saudi

         Ancient Saudi: Ships with triangular sails with an Arabic mariner in the foregound using an astrolabe. Above are seen a variety of constellations, with the names taken from an ancient Saudi document in Arabic. This is followed by a typical caravan plodding across the desert escorted by a mounted Arab. An interloper is at work in the distance (an oil surveyor). Dominating this canvas are three Arab inventions -- two astrolabes and a primitive compass. The left hand portion of the canvas moves to the present day, with a hovercraft, speed boats and other modern craft.

 
Present-day Saudi

          Present-day Saudi: Here the oil tankers seen before are featured in a large size, in the center. At the bottom is an airstrip of the Jidda airport flanked by an oil rig. To the left is a Saudi university with domed roofs. On the right side we view a close-up of an anti-aircraft gun. Above each side are a few naval craft. One element repeated from the first mural is a mariner using a sextant -- instead of the astrolabe.

 
 
Future Saudi

          The final painting -- Future Saudi -- depicts the finished massive installations and the augmented Saudi navy with their fleet of short-range missile ships. Dominating this canvas are the crossed flags of Saudi Arabia with their naval banner. These were made huge and immensely realistic and appear to lift off the canvas.


          "The pleasure of researching these subjects is often as great as the process of painting them itself. I've run into some of the most fascinating people and data in my research -- I must have the greatest collection of irrelevant data in the world."

---AltonTobey

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