Pencil signed (with the cypher) etching, 1928, the subject the portico of old St. Michael's Church in historic Charleston, South Carolina. The artist is noted American artist ALFRED HEBER HUTTY (1877-1954). Hutty was born in Michigan and as a youth lived in Kansas City and St. Louis, where he attended art school. In 1907 he moved to Woodstock, New York, where, along with George Bellows, he founded the Woodstock art colony, with which he was associated until the end of his life. In 1919 he went to Charleston, South Carolina in search of a milder winter climate. Hutty went on to become closely associated with the so-called Charleston Renaissance in South Carolina, as a prolific etcher and painter. His renderings of scenes of genre with a background of downtown historic Charleston and the surrounding Low Country are today highly sought after, bringing large sums at auction. This print is officially titled "Old Saint Michael's" and the edition I believe was 75 total examples. This one exhibits the browning that comes with time. It should be professionally de-acidified and cleaned, which would largely remove the brown tone. There is a circa 1950's label on the reverse from a Detroit, Michigan framer. The print measures 11 1/4" by 9 1/2" inside the mat opening, and 17" by 15 1/2" as framed.
ALFRED HEBER HUTTY (1877-1954) southern art scarce pencil signed Charleston South Carolina etching