(1859 - 1949)
Adah Clifford Murphy was active/lived in New York. Adah Murphy is known for landscape, portrait and miniature painting, illustration.
A landscape, portrait, and miniature* painter, Ada Murphy was prominent in
eastern art circles in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
was born in Saratoga, New York, and studied at Cooper Union Art School* and
with Douglas Volk in New York. In 1883, she married artist John Frances
Murphy, and they first established a studio in the Hotel Chelsea and
then built a home and studio in Arkville in the Catskill Mountains
where they taught art classes.
In 1886, they traveled and
painted in Europe.
became a member of the National Association of Women Artists* in 1914
and was a member of the National Arts Club*. Her work was exhibited in
twenty-five annual exhibitions at the National Academy of Design* in New
York where she was awarded the Hallgarten Prize in 1894. Her work was
also included in the 1889 and 1896 annual exhibitions of the Art
Institute of Chicago and at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in
Buffalo, the 1912 annual exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of the
Fine Arts* and the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition* in San
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Adah Clifford Murphy was born in Saratoga, New York in 1859. She studied at the Cooper Union Art School and with Douglas Volk in New York. She was a member of the National Association of Women Artists in 1914, and was a member of the National Arts Club. A landscape, portrait, and miniature painter, she was prominent in eastern art circles from about 1886-1933.
Her works were exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York beginning in 1886. Through 1918 she exhibited in 25 annual exhibitions, and, in 1894 she was awarded the Hallgarten Prize for a painting titled That Difficult Word. Her work was also included in the 1889 and 1896 annual exhibitions of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Boston Art Club 1893-1897; at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo; the 1912 annual exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Buffalo in 1901; and the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. She also exhibited at the American Water Color Society in 1898.
In November 1883 she married the artist John Frances Murphy whom she had met at a skating party when she was a student at Cooper Union. In 1894 they established a studio in the Hotel Chelsea, but after a visit to Arkville, a small town in the Catskill Mountains of New York, they decided to leave the city. In 1887 they built a home and studio in Arkville, and in the lean years offered summer art classes in the village.
The prior year, 1886, they took a six month holiday in Europe, first staying in London and then journeying to France. In June they had stayed in Montigny where Adah wrote in her diary that they "sketched houses and countryside, until October, when they departed for Amsterdam." She wrote they were good museum goers and had seen many paintings they had known only from photos. In 1924 she painted in Bermuda.
Adah Clifford Murphy died in Margaretville, New York in 1949.
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