Mary E. Hutchinson’s “Don Sheldon”

October 27, 2012 § 1 Comment

Don Sheldon Mary E. Hutchinson’s portrait of her friend “Don Sheldon” (1950) is currently featured on my digital catalogue site at  Hutchinson and Sheldon became friends after she moved away from New York and back to her home town, Atlanta, in 1945.  I believe that Sheldon was a window dresser for Rich’s Department Store who later attempted a career as a stand-up comedian.

Hutchinson exhibited the painting in 1953 at a New York exhibition of Georgia artists sponsored by the National Association of Women Artists which she had been a member of since 1934.

However, she painted the work in 1950 – and it is one of the few paintings with direct documentation for exactly when she painted it.  A series of snapshot photos dated 1950 show Hutchinson working at her easel.

Don Sheldon 1

Don Sheldon 2

Don Sheldon 3


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