Also available is an archive of papers, and photographs of the artist relating to the Cooper plaque. The above illustrations show Janowsky working on the plaque and an original newspaper clipping announcing its installation in 1939. Images of the entire actual plaster cast offered here for sale are available, upon e-mail request.
Bela Janowsky (occasionally spelled Janowski) was an American sculptor who immigrated to North America from his native Hungary, eventually settling in New York City. He studied at the Ontario College of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (where he was later made a Fellow), the Cleveland School of Art, the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design in New York City, and with Charles Grafly and Alexander Blazys. He was an artist with the Works Progress Administration during the 1930s, and is best known for his public commissions, including bronze reliefs, plaques and memorials for the Cooperstown, New York, Post Office (as discussed above); the Brooklyn Navy Yard; the Lost Battalion Hall, Queens, New York; and the U.S. Department of Commerce Building in Washington, D.C. Other commissions included a bust for Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, and a gold medal for the Royal Society of Canada. He exhibited regularly throughout the 1930s and 1940s and at the New York World’s Fair in 1939. Janowsky was married to Clara Louise Bell (b. 1886), an accomplished painter.
Falk, Peter Hastings, ed. Who Was Who in American Art. Madison, Connecticut: Sound View Press, 1985. p. 312.
Gilbert, Dorothy B., ed. Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts and R.R. Bowker, 1959. pp. 41, 280.