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Hutton Webster
20th c. Modern Etcher
American, d. 1954
A figure and portrait painter working in California and later in Arizona, Hutton Webster, Jr. was also known for his etchings.

He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and from the age of nine was interested in painting and showed obvious talent. When he was twenty-three, he won a Pulitzer Prize, which he used to study in Europe. He was afflicted with severe arthritis, which took him to warmer climates of the Southwest and West.

In the 1930s, he lived in Menlo Park, California and later settled in Tucson, Arizona, where he was painting by the late 1930s. His figure and portrait paintings are in the collections of Stanford University, Princeton, University, the Metropolitan Museum, Library of Congress and the New York Public Library. He was a member of the California Society of Etchers and the Tiffany Foundation.

After moving to Tucson Ariz., Hutton married Janet Nelson and together they had two sons, Michael and Peter. Hutton continued painting, sculpting, etching and taught several classes at the University of Arizona. His life was cut short in Feb of 1954 in a household fall.

Webster has a permanent collection of etchings at both the Metropolitan Art Museum as well as the Library of Congress.


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