The Uses of Wealth,
Lunette Mural, (Copy)

Date Created
Work Medium
84 in. x 162 in.
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Signature Details
Note: Clearly painted after Edwin H. Blashfield (1848-1936).

Painted for the Grand Haven State Bank with an accompanying mural, The Sources of Wealth (After Kenyon C. Cox, 1856-1919) prior to Alten's trip to the Netherlands.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum - Mathias J. Alten archive contains Alten's handwritten letter-invoice for the two lunette paintings. The letter reads as follows:

"Grand Rapids Aug. 5th 1910

Statement for work done by Mr. Alten for Wm Clarke to be used as decorations at G.Haven Bank. Two figural compositions lunettes 7 x 14 feet as per agreement. $200.00

Yours truly, Mathias J. Alten"

The archive also contains an handwritten letter dated 8/5/1910 from William M. Clarke, Architect to Mr. N. Robbins, Grand Haven, Mich. that encloses Alten's billing and notes, "As Mr. Alten leaves for Europe the middle of this month, I presume he would appreciate a remittance from the bank." The archive further includes a copy of a Grand Haven State Bank check dated Aug. 15th 1910 for $200 made out to and endorsed by Alten on August 18, 1910 at the Kent State Bank in Grand Rapids.
Thesaurus of Geographic Names Location

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Old Kent Bank, Grand Haven, MI

Grand Haven State Bank

Grand Valley State University


Preview Exhibition of the Permanent Installation of The Sources of Wealth and The Uses of Wealth


No author noted, "Why Not Murals for Grand Rapids' New Federal Building?" The Grand Rapids Press, April 25, 1908 .

Van Hook, Bailey "Chapter Four (murals)" Angels of Art - Women and Art in American Society,1876-1914, (University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996), Pg. 126.

Wozniak, Curt, "Legacy: Mathias Alten Mural," Grand Rapids Magazine, January 2004 - Vol.41- No.1 - pg. 32, ill.

No author noted, "New Bank Will Be Beauty," Grand Haven Daily Tribune, June 6, 1910,.

Mathias J. Alten, William M. Clarke, Grand Rapids Art Museum - Mathias J. Alten archive, "Alten invoice dated 8/5/1910 Clarke letter dated 8/5/1910, Grand Haven State Bank check dated 8/15/1910."

No author noted, "Moving to New Bank," Grand Haven Daily Tribune, April 11, 1911, Pg. 1, col. 4.

No author noted, "Murals for Cleveland, Ohio - Lunettes Painted by Blashfield and Cox for the Citizens' Bank," New York Times, April 16, 1903, .