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Hermann Dudley Murphy
Portrait of a Boston Lady, 1905
Oil on canvas
42 x 28 in.
Hermann Dudley Murphy

(American, 1867-1945)

Hermann Dudley Murphy was a portrait and landscape painter, illustrator, art teacher and frame designer who was born in Marlborough, MA in 1867. He studied at the Boston Museum School under Tarbell, Benson and DeCamp and at the Academie Julien in Paris with Jean Paul Laurens and Constant from 1891-1896.

The artist was uniquely talented at painting the human figure and was highly influenced by Edmund C. Tarbell's "Vermeerian Impressionism" techniques in which a human figure is placed in an interior with Japanese or European ornamentation and natural light infiltrates into a room and in and around objects. Murphy is considered a "Tarbellite" because he best emulated the Bostonian's painterly artistic techniques.

Murphy became an Associate (1930) and an Academician (1934) of the National Academy of Design, New York City and he was a member of the Boston Art Club, the Guild of Boston Artists, the National Arts Club, Boston Society of Watercolor Painters, the Copley Society, the Massachusetts State Art Commission, Painters & Sculptors Gallery Association, Woodstock Art Association and more.

Murphy's work is represented at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, National Academy of Design, Albright Art Gallery of Buffalo, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Cincinnati Museum of Art, St. Louis Art Museum and elsewhere.

Who Was Who in American Art, p. 2371, Volume II states that his frame making influences "even surpassed Whistler's. In 1903, he and Charles Prendergast opened their frame shop, Carrig-Rohane in Winchester, MA and by 195 moved the business to Boston. Later the business included Walfred Thulin until 1912…." From 1887-1888 Murphy was an illustrator for the Nicaraguan Canal expedition and from 1931-1937 he taught in the Art Department at Harvard University.


References: Edmund C. Tarbell & The Boston School (1980) by Patricia Jobe Pierce; Who Was Who in American Art, vol. 3; Who's Who in American Art (1916)