Student Work Featured on Mary E. Hutchinson Site

December 8, 2012 § 1 Comment

Mary Elisabeth Hutchinson attended the National Academy of Design in New York from 1926 to 1931 on a tuition scholarship.  Life Study classes which focused on the human figure – particularly the male nude – remained a significant focus in art academies at that time and provided something of a rite-of-passage.

life study nude male no. 3

This student Life Study drawing (ca. 1927-28) whose title is unknown (if Hutchinson ever gave it a title) and that I refer to as “life study male nude no. 3,” is currently featured on my companion “work in progress” digital archiving site The Artworks of Mary E. Hutchinson at

It popped up on eBay in 2009 in a batch with five other similar student drawings.  The eBay seller noted that this drawing was unsigned.  The auction which listed an outrageous beginning bid expired with no takers.  But the batch popped up again about a year later through a different seller – this time with a reasonable beginning bid – but minus this drawing.  I’m happy to report that since I was about the only one interested in Hutchinson at the time, I managed to to get the batch without competition at the minimum bid.  The eBay collector/seller reported that he had given the missing drawing to a friend.

Here’s a sneak preview of the other five student drawings not yet archived on The Artworks of Mary E. Hutchinson:

male portrait view 1

male semi nude 2 view 1

male semi nude 1 view 1

woman eyes closed view 1

female portrait view 1

Keep an eye out for these to be added to The Artworks of Mary E. Hutchinson soon.  You can click on “Browse Items” in the top menu, then select “Browse by Tag,” and choose “student work” to filter for Hutchinson’s work produced while a student at the National Academy.

Let me know about your experiences navigating the site so that I can make it as accessible as possible in the future!



§ One Response to Student Work Featured on Mary E. Hutchinson Site

  • Mary Pearce says:

    Hello, Jae! I have a plate in my possession that was hand painted for someone named GAIL in 1967 by a Mary Hutchinson. It is signed on the back. I can send you photos if you like and you can see if it is the work of your artist Mary E Hutchinson. I can be contacted at Thank you!

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