Phillip W. Prugh (1889-1970)

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Acquisition of Philip W. Prugh works by the Norman Rockwell Museum

This past winter, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, acquired eleven works of Philip Prugh. Ten were gifts of work that I owned, and an eleventh was a gift of Barbra Kauffman. The collection donated to the museum represents work that was done by Prugh during his years as a student and freelancer while living in Evanston, Illinois. The Prugh work complements the Norman Rockwell Museum's mission to acquire representative works of the America's best illustrators.

In early March, the museum opened a temporary exhibit that included one of the recently acquired Prugh illustrations: People gathered outside of large mansion (c. 1918). The exhibit, Curator's Choice: Recent Gifts to the Permanent Collection, will be on display until the second week of May.

Recent discovery of a Prugh work in Dayton

Recently, I received notice that a still life of Prugh's was discovered at a thrift store in the Dayton area. The oil painting (8 in x 4 in) depicts flowers in a oriental-style blue vase accompanied by a small incense burner.

Portrait of Judge Benson Walker Hough

In November, I had a chance to visit the Joseph P. Kinneary United States Courthouse in Columbus, Ohio, where a Philip Prugh painting of Judge Benson Walker Hough (1875-1935) hangs in the hallway above a tastefully lighted table. The painting hangs just outside a judge's office on the first floor hallway accessible just as you enter the building.