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Sat, Jul 9, 2016 09:00AM EDT - Sun, Jul 10, 2016 09:00AM EDT
Lot 654

Alfred Heber Hutty

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

Bid Increments

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$0 $25
$100 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $200
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000
(Charleston, South Carolina/New York, 1877-1954) Down Church Street, Charleston, 1951, signed lower right "Alfred Hutty", oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in.; contemporary gilt wood frame,. Condition: original stretcher and tacking edge, light grime, 1 in.tear at bottom edge. Notes: This lot is accompanied by an original brochure for Hutty etchings, an old photograph of the painting and a letter by the artist about the subject of the painting (transcribed below) and a letter from the artist on his letterhead postmarked “Charleston Apr 26..1951..” stating: “Dear Mr. Leighty, We are just leaving for our home in Woodstock, New York and are so glad to learn from your letter just now that you and your wife like “Lower Church Street”, the oil painting. I’m sorry to hear that you did not like the frame for I thought it was just the one for the painting… now I’m making a rather nervy question- would you consider putting the frame back in the box, calling the express Co. and having them ship it to my home in Woodstock? I have no frames there and could use it to advantage and in return for your trouble I would be glad to send you a Charleston etching or drypoint. If you don’t care for them yourselves it would make a nice gift for wedding or graduation. I’ll enclose a list of them and will send you any one of those listed under $25 accepting # 7 Charleston Spires of which I have no copy. With kind regards to you both, Sincerely yours, Alfred Hutty” Card stating: “The white house in the picture, #78 Church is owned by Mrs. Walden and legend has it that from this house-balcony George Washington addressed the citizens during his week’s visit to the City of Charleston. #76 Church, the pink house was the home of Du Bose Heyward and his mother and it was in the little dormer windowed room on the third floor that Mr. Heyward wrote “Porgy” the book that has become an epic of Southern journalism. The book was afterward dramatized by Mr. Heyward and his wife Dorothy. The opera “Porgy and Bess” was made from this book. Since property has been owned by Alfred Hutty since 1928.”; Please Note: Brunk Auctions provides condition reports as a courtesy to our clients and assumes no liability for any error or omission. Descriptions are our opinions and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of any kind as to age, condition, materials or any other feature of items being sold. No statement written or oral made by the auctioneer shall be deemed a warranty or assumption of liability by Brunk Auctions or by any seller represented by Brunk Auctions. We are happy to provide additional photographs to aid in your decision. We do not give refunds.. Provenance: Mr. O.C. Leighty, Toledo, Ohio; by descent from original owner


original stretcher and tacking edge, light grime, 1 in.tear at bottom edge
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