A fine, early print, (16 3/4" by 13 1/2" in its simple black framing), is titled in the lower left margin "Pennsylvania Quaker", numbered nearby 32/50 and signed at lower right margin in pencil by the noted American artist, PETER HURD (1904-1984). This lithograph dates to 1936, when the artist was only in his early thirties. Hurd was born in New Mexico and attended military academy there before realizing he wanted to become an artist. He studied in the east at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and privately under the famous illustrator N.C. Wyeth, becoming a pupil alongside Wyeth's own children including Andrew, and Henriette (who he went on to marry in 1929). Hurd assisted N.C. Wyeth at Chadd's Ford, Pennsylvania. He became a war correspondent artist during the war, traveling widely. Later in life, famously, he was commissioned to paint president Lyndon Johnson (who went on to reject the portrait for reasons unknown). Hurd returned to his ranching country in San Patricio, New Mexico, and today he is best known for his watercolors of New Mexico and the Southwest, which focused on the land and the hardy figures tied to it. His early work from Pennsylvania days is quite scarce. This particular print, total edition of only 50 examples, only very rarely appears on the market. It is in generally clean condition (not examined out of frame); a small smudge at lower right looks to be original printer's ink.
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