Hutton Webster Jr
(1910 - 1955)
Hutton Webster, Jr. was active/lived in Arizona, California, Nebraska. Hutton Webster Jr is known for etching, sculpting, painting and teaching.
Hutton Webster, Jr.
Biography from the Archives of askART
The following personal account was submitted by William Cochran of Arizona:
Biography from the Archives of askART
It was in May of 1955 that I was sent to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ. While there, a military family befriended me, and it was through the wife who worked at TMC (Tucson Medical Center) that I got an after hours job in the evening as a Hospital Orderly. It was there I met my mentors in Anesthesia, and ended up practicing the art and science of Anesthesiology for fifty years. At that time TMC was just a little old hospital comprised of several buildings out in the desert. It had once been a TB Sanitarium. The hospital had four different courts for medical patients. Each court had individual rooms and a screened-in sun porch that had been used to for the TB patients.. Each Court could hold around a dozen or so patients.
The particular night Hutton died, I was called down to one of the courts to help admit a new patient. When the ambulance attendants brought Hutton into the room, I noticed two things, the first, was his spine was so rigid from the arthritis, that his back did not touch the stretcher pad. The second was the enormous round shaped soft leather shoes he needed to wear. He was one of the most sever arthritics I had ever seen.
Very quickly the ambulance attendants moved Hutton into bed. The head of the bed was up a little for more comfort. As soon as the attendants had him in bed they promptly left, and I started the admission before the on-duty RN arrived. Almost immediately Hutton asked me to help him set up a little more as he was having trouble breathing. This I did. He then asked to be raised higher, until finally I had him sitting on the edge of the bed, one one my knees underneath him, supporting him so he couldn't slide to the floor. I was able to reach his call button, but he died almost immediately. Hutton had thus initiated me into my first experience with human death.
He was a wonderful artist. I was told he painted by holding his brushes between his teeth.
All of this happened when I was 19 years old.
A figure and portrait painter working in California and later in Arizona, Hutton Webster, Jr. was also known for his etchings.
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He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and from the age of nine was interested in painting and showed obvious talent. When he was twenty-three, he won a Pulitzer Prize, which he used to study in Europe. He was afflicted with severe arthritis, which took him to warmer climates of the Southwest and West.
In the 1930s, he lived in Menlo Park, California and later settled in Tucson, Arizona, where he was painting by the late 1930s. His figure and portrait paintings are in the collections of Stanford University, Princeton, University, the Metropolitan Museum, Library of Congress and the New York Public Library. He was a member of the California Society of Etchers and the Tiffany Foundation.
After moving to Tucson Arizona, Hutton married Janet Nelson and together they had two sons, Michael and Peter. Hutton continued painting, sculpting, etching and actually taught several classes at the University of Arizona.
He has a permanent collection of etchings at both the Metropolitan Art Museum as well as the Library of Congress. All of this can be verified by referring to an old addition of Who's Who in America (I have a 1949 copy) where it gives a rather full bio of my father. I think he was in there between 1945 and 1955 when he died.
Information from Peter Hutton Webster, son of the artist:
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