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 Percy F. Murray  (1880 - 1973)

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Lived/Active: New York/Ontario / Canada      Known for: landscape painting, commercial art

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"A New England Country Road", signed hand colored gelatin silver print, #30 from "The Murray Prints", published by Colegrove Bros., Inc. Buffalo, NY.
"A New England Country Road", signed hand colored gelatin silver print, #30 from "The Murray Prints", published by Colegrove Bros., Inc. Buffalo, NY.
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Percy F. Murray was born in London, England in 1880 and received his art education there through private instruction.  He emigrated to the United States and eventually settled in Williamsville, NY where he worked as a commercial artist and retoucher. His career experience included commercial art for European and American advertising purposes, colored and finished photo portraits in oil and watercolors, hand-colored gelatin silver prints, copied and reproduced old and faded photographs, and landscape painting.  He died in 1973 and is buried in Williamsville Cemetery, Williamsville, NY.

“The Murray Prints” were published circa the early 1920’s by the Colegrove Brothers, Inc., a photographic portrait studio and enlargement house located at 774-776 Main Street in Buffalo, NY.  They called themselves “The House of Distinctive Portraiture”, and also maintained a portrait studio in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada under the name of the Rounds-Colegrove Company.  Typically each print is signed and titled in pen & ink by Murray, and drymounted to a cream backing stock with an inventory stamp on the back of the stock.

From Mark Strong of Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., 05/2010,

(Sources: Our internal records; Capturing your perfect image.: The 7th Biennial Photography Art Auction, Cepa Gallery auction catalog, page 37, #62 Percy F. Murray, Buffalo, NY, Saturday May 8, 2004;, online digitized booklet with ad, Bulletin - of Photography, “Make Money in Side Lines”, Colegrove Brothers, Inc. Ad, No. 759, Page 241, Wednesday, February 22, 1922;, online digitized news article, Photographers’ Association News, “Colegrove Brothers in Canada”, Photographers’ Association of America, Volume 5 No. 5, Page 75, Washington, DC, March 1, 1918;, online digitized book, Abel’s Photographic Weekly, Volume 28, No. 706, American Photographic Publishing Company, Saturday, July 2, 1921;

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