Morris Henry Hobbs (American 1892-1967)
Dry point etching, titled in pencil lower left and signed in pencil lower right.
Sight Size: 2.25” x 2”
Frame Size: 8.75” x 7.75"
Morris Henry Hobbs, etcher, engraver, painter, illustrator, woodcarver and teacher was born on January 1, 1892 in Rockford, Illinois. He studied drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago and with Ernest Dean, Clarissa Keith, and Ralph Fletcher Seymour, primarily illustrators. He later branched off into the study of architecture, and was identified with that profession for many years.
Hobbs was drawn to New Orleans in 1938 with plans for creating a series of small prints of the French Quarter and many of the historic buildings scattered throughout the old section of New Orleans. He lived there for the remainder of his life.
He was a member of the New Orleans Art League (president emeritus), the Louisiana Society of Etchers,the Chicago Society of Etchers, the National Arts Club, the Evanston Art Club, the Boston Society of Independent Artists, the Mississippi Art Association, and many others.
Hobbs exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, Evanston Art Club 1930 (prize), the Toledo Museum of Art 1930 (prize), 1931 (prize), 1936 (prize), the Southern States Art League (1941 (prize), and the Louisiana State Museum Memorial Exhibition 1986.
His work is represented in many public and private collections,
Peter Falk, Ed., Who Was Who In American Art
The Smithsonian Archives
Social Security Death Index
Times-Picayune Obituary, Jan. 25,1957-New Orleans