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Herman Dudley Murphy (American, 1867-1945)


Herman Dudley Murphy (American, 1867-1945)

Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000

Moro Castle, San Juan, ca. 1913
Oil on canvas (original Carrig-Rohane frame, signed)
Artist's monogram
29" x 36"
Exhibition: The Armory Show (International Exhibition of Modern Art), February 17 - March 15, 1913, cat. no. 77
Paintings: Herman Dudley Murphy, Pratt Institute, November 11 - December 6, 1913
50th Anniversary Exhibition of the Armory Show, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, February 17- March 31, 1963, cat. pg. 128 (label on verso)
Provenance: Private Collection, Allentown, PA
Note: Moro Castle, San Juan was exhibited at the pivotal Armory Show of 1913. It was later included in Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute's 50th anniversary exhibition of the Armory show in 1963. Herman Dudley Murphy founded the Carrig-Rohane frame shop in 1903. His hand-carved gilded frames were an answer to the mass-produced, unimaginative frames of late 19th century America. Within a few years the shop would employ the talents of Charles Prendergast and Walfred Thulin. Murphy was the first American frame-maker to sign the reverse of his frames in an effort to emphasize the craftsmanship and artistry of his craft.

Frame signed and dated 1906.

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