Although Arthurs illustrated a great deal of popular literature, his real specialty was illustrating historical texts. His pictures were as historically accurate as he could make them. He did several murals of historical subjects for the State House in Dover, Delaware, and for the Minnesota State capitol building and produced a long series of historical  paintings for DuPont Company calendars and the DuPont Magazine. Many of these were published in book form in the American Historical Scene in 1938. the historical illustrations occupied most of Arthur's attention after 1920, but he also painted landscapes,  not only of local scenes but also in Florida, the Western states, and Europe.

Arthurs preferred to work in full color, even though he knew that the work would be reproduced in black and white. In his magazine work he frequently adopted the vignette style.

References: Elzea. Diversity; Stanley Arthurs. Wilmington: Delaware Art Museum, 1974; Sunday Star (Wilmington), Nov. 7, 1909; DAM files; Interview with Blanche Swayne, Sept. 28, 1979.

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