Hugh BreckenridgeMathew Hudson
Hello Ms. Clark,
My grandmother, Mary T. Mason, studied under your great grandfather at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, probably around 1905. She continued to paint and show her art until her death in 1964, while she lived in Chestnut Hill, Pa. I inherited two paintings by Hugh Breckenridge from my mother Mary M. Hudson, of Paoli, Pa. The larger is called "A Harbor at Night", and is 17 1/2"X24 1/2". It had a Harer frame, which I am replacing with a slightly larger frame that matches the colors better. I've recently had the painting cleaned and restored, and the improvement is amazing. One hundred years of dust, cigarette smoke, fireplace smoke does take it's toll. The other is a very small abstract, maybe 5" X 5", of a forest, I believe, with a gold frame which al,most doubles it's size. I plan to get that one cleaned as well, as I've seen the wonders of a bright vibrant renewal.
I hope that this is interesting to you, and would be happy to send you pictures.
Cheers, Mathew Hudson (Napa, Ca.
I Would love to be able to contact Marian Clark. Historical Society of Fort Washington is putting together a display to honor Hugh Breckenridge and Thomas Anshutz.
Hugh BreckenridgeCarmen Finore
Dear Marian Clark:
Being a life long Fort Washington resident, and appreciating Hugh Breckenridge paintings, I've always wondered exactly where his home and school was located around 1900. I only know it to be named Floxdale. Can you help.
Charcoal drawingBill Stern
This drawing of harobur boats hung in my parents' house for as long as I can remember but my mother has just died and it is now mine and for the first time I have looked at it closely. It is by your great grandfather. I suspect that my grandmother, Lillian Blum Fleisher, studied Hugh Breckenridge and acquired this work which passed to my mother. I have three oils by my grandmother, one of which was entered in the 1932 exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Can you help me identify approximately when this "harbor2 work would have been created? Was charcoal a frequent medium for Hugh Breckenridge? I assume this is Gloucester. I know my mother's family visited Gloucester on their way to Maine in the summer in the 20s.
Hugh Henry BreckenridgeMarian Clark
I am the great grand daughter of Hugh Henry Breckenridge. I would be very happy to share any information I have on him and his work. Please send inquires or comments to my e-mail address.