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    WHINEY MYRON HUBBARD (American, 1875-1965)
    Seashore (Rolling Waves), c. 1930
    Oil on thin artist's board laid on a second board
    7-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches (19.7 x 24.8 cm)
    Signed lower left: Whitney M. Hubbard

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    Graham Williford may well have known the marine and landscape painter Whitney Myron Hubbard personally. Hubbard was a seventy-year resident of Greenport, Long Island, where Williford maintained a residence for many years (which became a base for collecting American art in New York and New England.) Whitney Hubbard led a secluded life, and was much admired for his talent by local citizens. His painting subjects were primarily of that area.

    When he died in 1965, his paintings sold for a pittance, but a local art dealer, Melvin Kitchin saw the potential value in Hubbard's work. Before Kitchin's death, he did research on the artist and organized several exhibitions, which helped to earn the artist some of the recognition he did not see in his lifetime.

    Hubbard was born in Middletown, Connecticut and spent his early years there with his family whose ancestors were some of the earliest settlers of the Connecticut River Valley. About 1888, they moved to Greenport, but Hubbard returned to Middletown to attend Wesleyan University, earning a Bachelor of Science. From 1899 to 1902, he taught public school on Long Island and then became a student at the Art Students League in New York. His first teacher and only teacher was Frank Vincent DuMond, whom Hubbard followed to Lyme, Connecticut for summer plein-air painting classes. By 1906, Hubbard was teaching again, but by 1912 had determined to be a full-time artist and began widely exhibiting his work including the National Academy of Design, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Brooklyn Art Museum. He made his debut in Greenport in 1913, settled there and married Antoinette Langlois, who earned money with her musical talents. The couple lived frugally, without a car, in a quaint two-story home. Although he earned some reputation at first, the Depression saw his career tumble. He became more and more reclusive but continued painting, creating a chronicle of plein-air landscapes of his native region during the time he lived there.


    Condition Report*:

    Paint film in very good, stable condition. Frame abrasion along edges.  Under UV examination, very minor in-painting in sky along top edge, right quadrant, and a few strokes of in-painting in white waves along left edge.  Framed Dimensions 14 X 16.75 Inches

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    May, 2012
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