My Old Kentucky Home
signed and dated 1935, pencil, l.r., plate, l.l.
9 x 11 3/4 inches, plate
10 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches, paper
Edward T. Hurley was one of the most celebrated decorators at Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati. He was also a prolific artist known for watercolors and etchings. He studied at Xavier University and the Cincinnati Art Academy, 1894-98, with Otto Walter Beck and Frank Duveneck. Hurley lived in Northern Kentucky, and Kentucky, as well as Cincinnati, supplied much of his subject matter. This WPA-era image of My Old Kentucky Home, or Federal Hill, in Bardstown, is one of them. He also did scenes of Churchill Downs, Cumberland Falls and many Northern Kentucky river scenes. He was a member of the Cincinnati Society of Etchers, Society of American Etchers, Ohio Print Makers, The Crafters, Cincinnati Art Club and the Duveneck Society of Painters and Sculptors.
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