PETER HURD - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 323153
His ink signature on this 3½x2 card in blue ink
Signature: "Peter Hurd,"in blue ink (3½x2). Peter Hurd (1904-1984) was an American artist, known for his frescos that highlighted American western figures and heritage. Originally intending to have a military career, Hurd entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, but dropped out two years later to enroll at Haverford college in Pennsylvania. While in Pennsylvania, he studied under the famous artist N.C. Wyeth, marrying his daughter Henriette (also an accomplished artist) years later in 1929. He later moved to Texas and began painting a fresco mural for the then West Texas Museum, painting a fresco a week over a two year period, depicting notable Texas figures such as Crone W. Furr, William E. Halsell, and Dora Nunn Roberts. He was well known for being selected to paint Lyndon B. Johnson's official portrait; however, the President fell asleep during Hurd's work, and the painting had to be completed using photographs as reference. Johnson later called the portrait "the ugliest thing I ever saw". Lightly soiled at top margin. Fine condition.
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