Herman Dudley Murphy (American, 1867-1945)
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.
Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000
Minor craquelure and flaking throughout; approx. 3" long puncture in canvas with minor paint loss to lower right quadrant; under UV no evidence of restoration or retouch; overall good stable condition. Framed: 41 1/2" H x 49" W Frame signed and dated 1906.