Charlton Heston as Nephi? Arnold Friberg's 'Lost' Book of Mormon Sketches To Go on Display

When artist Arnold Friberg passed away in 2010, his family began to clean out his studio in Salt Lake City. In a lifetime of painting, Friberg had painted “The Prayer at Valley Forge,” portraits for the Queen of England and a Book of Mormon series. Knowing how prolific of an artist Friberg had been, family expected to find some sketches.

“I think people knew that Arnold was very prolific when it came to sketching. Every painting he sketched out, did his studies — really tried to get it just right,” Steevun Lemon said. “But I don’t think (his family) or anyone else recognized just the sheer volume of sketches that Arnold had done in relation to the Book of Mormon paintings.”

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