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Hermann Dudley Murphy

(Marlborough, MA, 1867 - 1945, Lexington, MA)

Hermann Dudley Murphy was an American painter known for his still-lifes and landscapes. He also worked as an illustrator, art teacher and frame designer. His primary education was from Chauncey Hall School in Boston followed by the Boston Museum School. He worked for a time as an illustrator. In 1891 he studied at the Academie Julian. He lived in Paris for five years where he was introduced to the work of James McNeil Whistler and absorbed many elements of the aesthetic style. He exhibited some portraits at the Salon in 1895, married his wife and settled back in the United States. In Massachusetts, he and Charles Penderghast opened a frame shop. It became successful enough that after a few years they relocated to Boston. A woodcarver also joined the company, and it grew so large that someone else was brought in to take over the day to day operations. In 1930 Murphey became an Associate of the National Academy of Design, also becoming a member of the Boston Art Club and the Copley Society among other institutions. He taught for a number of years in the Art Department of Harvard University. As he got older he gave up modernism, but still concentrated on floral still lifes.

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