biography of Hermann Dudley MURPHY (1867-1945)

Birth place: Marlborough, MA

Death place: Lexington, MA

Addresses: Boston, Lexington, MA

Profession: Landscape & portrait, teacher, illustrator, frame designer

Studied: BMFA Sch.; Acad. Julian, Paris, with J.P. Laurens & Constant, 1891-96.

Exhibited: Boston AC, 1893-1909; SNBA, 1895-96; PAFA Ann., 1896-1930; NAD,1898; Pan-Am. Expo, Buffalo, 1901 (med.); St. Louis Expo, 1904 (med.); Corcoran Gal. biennials, 1907-39 (15 times); Armory Show, 1913; Pan-Pacific Expo, San Francisco, 1915 (medals); AIC, 1922 (prize); North Shore AA, 1931 (prize); Buck Hills, PA, 1937 (prize).

Member: ANA, 1930; NA, 1934; Copley Soc., 1886; Boston WCC; Boston SAC; Boston Gld. Artists; NAC; Boston SWCP; Massachusetts State Art Comm.; P&S Gal. Assn.; Woodstock AA

Work: AIC; BMFA; NAD; Nashville AA; Albright Art Gal., Buffalo; Dallas MFA; CMA; Springville (UT) AA; St. Louis AM

Comments: An Impressionist painter, his greatest influence was on American framemaking, where his impact even surpassed Whistler"s. In 1903, he and Charles Prendergast opened their frame shop, Carrig-Rohane (see separate entry) in Winchester, MA, and by 1905 moved the business to Boston. Later, the business included Walfred Thulin until 1912; and in 1917, it was sold to Vose Gal. Positions: illustr. for Nicaraguan Canal expedition, 1887-88; illustr. of magazines and books, 1888-94; teacher, Harvard, 1931-37.

Sources: WW40; P&H Samuels, 340; Fink, Am. Art at the 19th C. Paris Salons, 375; Falk, Exh. Record Series; Brown, The Story of the Armory Show; framemaking info. courtesy Eli Wilner Co., NYC; Woodstock AA.