Herman Henry Wessel Oil Portrait of E.T. Hurley, 1941
Herman Henry Wessel (Ohio/Indiana, 1878 – 1969)
Untitled (portrait of Edward Timothy Hurley), 1941
Oil painting on canvas board
Signed to the lower right
Dedicated to the lower right “To my friend E.T. Hurley” and dated “St. Patrick’s Day 1941”
Wessel studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy in the late 1800s with other well-published artists such as Caroline Lord and Frank Duveneck, and later taught at the Art Academy for over 40 years. His work is represented in the collections of prestigious institutions, including Oakland Museum of California and The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
Edward Timothy Hurley was an accomplished painter, printer, illustrator, and author, perhaps best known for his work with the Rookwood Pottery Company. Born in Cincinnati, Hurley would later graduate from Xavier University and the Cincinnati Art Academy. He was a designer for Rookwood Pottery Company from 1896-1948, creating paintings on both canvas and pottery. Cincinnati scenes had a stronghold on Hurley’s work and were his most prominent subject matter. His works have been exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, the St. Louis World’s Fair (1904), and more.
- slight nicks and abrasions to the edges of the canvas with minor paint loss along the edges.