A Painter's Progress

Type of resource
Author/collaborator
Title
A Painter's Progress
Abstract
The Montreal life of artist Harriet Anderson Stubbs Murphy (1852-1935), whose 1902 posthumous portrait of assassinated United States President William McKinley was chosen as his "official" portrait and which still hangs in the White House today. Born in Liverpool, England, Harriet Anderson Stubbs immigrated with her parents to Montreal around 1864. In 1867, she married Fountain William Rudd, described as a "colored man", with whom she had two children. Rudd and the two children died between 1869 and 1873. In 1883, she moved to New York with her brother and his family, where she met the Alabama-born William Daniel Murphy, a photographer, and whom she married in 1887. He gave up photography to become his wife's agent and business manager. Her portrait of McKinley, signed "W.D. Murphy", launched Harriet Anderson Stubbs Murphy's career as a "painter of official portraits".
Publication
Connections: Journal of The Quebec Family History Society
Volume
Vol. 39
Issue
no. 3
Pages
10-12
Date
June 2017
Language
en
Citation
Mackey, Frank. “A Painter’s Progress.” Connections: Journal of The Quebec Family History Society Vol. 39, no. 3 (June 2017): 10–12.
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