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Name Murphy, John Francis
Dates & places of birth and death Born, December 11, 1853; Oswego, NY
Died, January 30, 1921; St. Petersburg, FL
Nationality American
Notes First sketches in the Adirondacks in 1874. He was born at Oswego, New York. He first exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1876, and was made an associate in 1885 and a full academician two years later. He became a member of the Society of American Artists (1901) and of the American Watercolor Society. At first influenced by Wyant and Inness, after 1900 he attacked the modern problems of light and air, thus combining the old and new theories of landscape painting. His chief characteristics are extreme refinement and charm, poetic sentiment, and beauty of surface.[1] His composition is simple and his rendering of soil unique. A past master of values, he preferred the quiet and subdued aspects of nature. He received numerous awards, including a gold medal at Charleston (1902) and the Inness medal in 1910.
Relationships Wife, Adah Clifford Smith
Role Artist
Titles & Honors National Academy of Design, Hallgarten Prize, 1885

Associated Records

Image of Adirondacks - Painting

Adirondacks - Painting

Depicts a tree in fall colors with a fallen tree and rock in foreground.

Image of AuSable River - Drawing

AuSable River - Drawing

Drawing, pencil on paper: view of a waterfall with a tree trunk lying across the top.

Image of Untitled - Drawing

Untitled - Drawing

Drawing, pencil on paper: view of a field with mountains in the background.

Image of Gothic Mountains - Drawing

Gothic Mountains - Drawing

Drawing, pencil on paper: view of a field with mountains in the background.

Image of Roaring Brook - Drawing

Roaring Brook - Drawing

Drawing, pencil: view of a brook with numerous rocks in the water. Tall trees and brush in the background.

Image of In the Canal - Drawing

In the Canal - Drawing

Drawing, pencil on paper: view of a barn with a tall tree blocking the front and side, a sail boat at the top.

Image of Lake Champlain - Whiteface Mountain from Burlington, VT. - Drawing

Lake Champlain - Whiteface Mountain from Burlington, VT. - Drawing

Drawing, pencil on paper: view of a mountain from across a lake.

Image of Lake Champlain - Drawing

Lake Champlain - Drawing

Drawing, pencil on paper: view of a lake with mountains across the water.

Image of Lake Champlain - Drawing

Lake Champlain - Drawing

Drawing, pencil on paper: view of mountains from across a lake.

Image of Keene Valley - Drawing

Keene Valley - Drawing

Drawing, pencil on paper: view of a farm in the middle of a field.

Image of Rock Study - Drawing

Rock Study - Drawing

Drawing, pencil on paper: view of a large rock with leaves and ferns growing around.

Image of Untitled - Drawing

Untitled - Drawing

Drawing, pencil on paper: view of a field with mountains in the background.

Image of Keene Valley - Drawing

Keene Valley - Drawing

Drawing, pencil on paper: view of a valley with trees and mountains in the distance.

Image of Keene Valley - Drawing

Keene Valley - Drawing

Drawing, pencil on paper: view of two barns.

Image of Chapel Pond - Drawing

Chapel Pond - Drawing

Drawing, pencil on paper: view of a forested shoreline from across a body of water.

Image of Chapel Pond - Drawing

Chapel Pond - Drawing

Drawing, pencil on paper: view of a forested shoreline from across the pond.

Image of Upper Pond - Drawing

Upper Pond - Drawing

Drawing, pencil on paper: view of a mountain from across a pond.

Image of Rainbow Cascade - Drawing

Rainbow Cascade - Drawing

Drawing, pencil on paper: view of a large waterfall over a rock wall. Trees at the top.

Image of Untitled - Drawing

Untitled - Drawing

Drawing, pencil on paper: view of a large mountain on the far end of a field.

Image of Beede Brook - Drawing

Beede Brook - Drawing

Drawing, pencil on paper: view of a brook with a small wood bridge, tall trees to the left and mountain in the distance.