The Portico of St. Michael's Church is an etching done by Alfred Heber Hutty in 1928. This church is located in Charleston, S.C., where it remains today as Charleston's oldest church edifice.
Alfred Hutty (1877–1954) was a master painter and print-maker whose landscapes and realistic studies of the human condition represent the best aspects of the Woodstock and Charleston art traditions of his era.
He worked as a stained glass designer at Tiffany Glass Studios in New York. There he began a long association with the Woodstock, NY art community where he maintained a studio until his death in 1954.
He first visited Charleston in 1919; it is said that he immediately wired his wife "Come quickly. Have found heaven!" He took up dual residency between Woodstock & Charleston beginning in 1920. It was in Charleston that he first took up etching, but very quickly demonstrated his complete mastery of the medium, winning awards all over the country for his works.
The etching is signed in the lower right corner. The frame is 10 1/4" x 8 1/2"; the plate size is 10 1/4" x 8 1/2". Regarding condition, the piece looks to be in fine condition; there are no rips or tears or marks. This piece was framed many years ago, so the backing does not meet today's standards. I have not inspected the piece outside of the frame.
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