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Matthew Daly Oil Painting "Hod Carriers at Lunch", 1920

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Matthew Daly (Cincinnati, 1860 – 1937)
Hod Carriers at Lunch, 1920
Oil painting on panel
Signed and dated to the lower left
Title inscribed to verso

An oil painting featuring African American hod carriers, who physically toted bricks up to the bricklayers. The artist depicts a genre scene of the hod carriers at rest as they eat lunch.

Matthew Daly, a Cincinnati native, began his artistic academic studies at the McMicken School of Design, under the tutelage of highly sought-after artists Thomas S. Noble and Vincent Nowottny, and later under the formidable Frank Duveneck, whom Daly considered his most significant source of influence and is credited with instilling Daly’s paint application with the Impressionist aesthetic. Daly was employed as an artist for Rookwood Pottery Company from 1883 to 1903, before becoming the director and chief designer for the United States Playing Card Company for nearly thirty years. In 1890, Daly helped found the Cincinnati Art Club.

  • Item not examined outside of mounting


- embrittlement to the back of the painting; abrasions to the edges and surface of the frame; negligible paint chipping throughout the composition.


18.25" W x 16.5" H x 1.0" D

- measures the frame; visible image measures 13.5" W x 11.5" H.

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