Last week my friends and fellow illustrators/painters Joel Grothaus, Molly Jacques, and Cody Erickson went out to see the Detroit Athletic Club's art collection. They had a wide range from Golden Age of American Illustrators to 18th Century painters to Detroit Painters. It was a very impressive and the employees were way too kind to us.
We had a tour of the majority of the facility including our main attraction The Treaty of Lancaster which was installed in 1936. This piece depicts negotiations between the governor and commissioners of Virginia, Maryland and twenty-four Indian Chiefs of the Six
Nations of Indians. The Six Nations of Indians consisted of the Mohawk, Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, and Tuscarora. These chiefs lost control of the land west of the Allegheny Mountains.
The mural was commissioned by the DAC and stretches across Club's Tap Room Bar.
I apologize for the quality of the photos however our time was limited due to the amount of
artwork we were able to see. A huge thanks goes out to the staff of the Detroit Athletic Club for taking time out of their busy schedules to show us around.
These photos unfortunately lost a lot of color after being uploaded however if you'd like to download a zip file here is the website.
I am unable to give you any specifics on these illustrations below other than that they are advertisements from what I'm guessing the '40s and '50s. The company was Detroit's own Stroh's Brewey Company. It was established in 1850 by Bernhard Stroh emigrated from Germany after the German Revolution. He came from a family of brewers and wanted to continue their success in the U.S. Later, the company survived Prohibition by producing near bear, birch beer, soft drinks, malt, products, ice cream, and ice. The company returned to brewing beer after Prohibition ended in 1933. The company continued to expand and passed down to generations of Strohs. It was a large success, even purchasing several other brands, until the company was bought up in 2000 and broken apart.