Edgar Hewitt Nye (American, 1879-1943)
Rocky Hillside, Cornwall
Oil-on-canvas, signed lower right, with artists supply stencil from James Lanham, St. Ives, Cornwall
Painting Size: 24” x 30”
Frame Size: 32.5 ” x 38.5”
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Nye lived, worked and taught in Washington, DC for 58 years. While he may have been born in Richmond, VA, his love for the city earned him the distinction of a "native" son.
Nye was educated in public schools before entering the Corcoran School of Art at age 13. He studied there for eight years before setting off on the requisite European travels. Along the way, he married and had a brief education at Oxford.
Once settled in Washington, DC, Nye began to produce the vast body of work by which he is remembered today. Most commonly, Nye painted landscapes and street scenes. A natural outcome of his prolific creativity was participation in numerous exhibitions.
His works were included in group exhibitions and as well as in one-man shows. The Washington Watercolor Society, Society of Washington Artists, Society of Independent Artists, Landscape Club of Washington and the Corcoran Gallery of Art were hosts to many of the exhibitions in which he participated. The Society of Washington Artists presented him with many awards during his career. On the one year anniversary of his death, the Corcoran Gallery of Art presented a memorial exhibition of his work in recognition of the prominent place he held in the Washington art community.
Today, his work is held in the permanent collections of the National Museum of American Art, Phillips Collection, Georgetown University, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Plymouth Gallery, England.
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