C. Janet Austin 
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Re: “Hey Blake, who painted the large mural ceiling of St. Louis Cathedral?

I have read while doing some research on William "Will" C. Ousley of Bagdad/Westlake, LA... that Mr. Ousley became a student of Mr Humbrecht at the time he was doing the renovations in 1891-92 and that Mr. Ousley, who has become rather 'in demand' after his death helped Mr. Humbrecht with the renovations at the St Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, LA

Mr Ousley's paintings hang in the White House and Buckingham Palace as well as many many other places... and during his life, Mr Ousley was visited at his studio in Bagdad (now Westlake) by many 'celebrities' including W. C. Fields and Dolores Del Rio ...

Unfortunately, in most of the items that i read, Mr Humbrecht's name was misspelled as 'Humbreight' and it took me a bit to find out who he truly was...i guess people did not check their sources then as is done now... perhaps they were limited in the ways that they could check...

Mr. Humbrecht along with only one other was said to have been the only formal training that Mr. Ousley had received...

Posted by C. Janet Austin on 05/21/2013 at 12:48 PM

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