Nelly Littlehale Murphy papers

Collection ID:
Murphy, Nelly Littlehale
Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Clippings, exhibition catalogs, and photographs documenting Murphy's work as a painter and illustrator in the Massachusetts area. The clippings are comprised of reviews for Nelly Murphy and her husband, painter Hermann Dudley Murphy, and his 1945 obituary. The exhibtion catalogs, many of them illustrated, range from 1846 (National Academy of Design catalog inscribed to Murphy) to 1942 (her memorial exhibition). Photographs depict paintings and Murphy and her husband. Other materials consist of an original pencil sketch, 4 reproductions, a 4 page inventory of her paintings, a 1941 letter inventorying her work, and a short original essay entitled "The Land That Never Was".

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Born 1867, died ca. 1942. Painter, illustrator, and etcher, noted for her watercolor paintings of landscapes and flowers. Lived and exhibited in the Massachusetts area. Nellie Littlehale married Herman Daniel Umbstaetter in 1893. In 1916, she married again, to painter Hermann Dudley Murphy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
The donors, Alexander B. Samoiloff and Dudley D. B. Samoiloff, are the sons of Nelly Littlehale Murphy's stepdaughter, Caroline Bowles Murphy Samoiloff.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
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Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Women painters -- Massachusetts Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Watercolor painting -- Massachusetts Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Watercolorists Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Landscape painters -- Massachusetts Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Murphy, Hermann Dudley, 1867-1945 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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