Perkins Harnly was an American watercolorist, best-known for his renderings of Victorian and contemporary interiors. Born in a pauper’s farmhouse in Ogallala, Nebraska, he was impressed by the flamboyant Victorian décor he observed in his grandmother’s parlor and in Lincoln’s Lyric Theater, their glitz and ornamentation contrasting sharply with the more subdued environments in which they were situated. After studying at the School of Interior Design in New York City, he was hired by the WPA to document Victorian interiors and exteriors for the Index of American Design, and later designed stage sets for the MGM film producer, director and screenwriter Albert Lewin. During his career he also painted film stars, churches, cemeteries, castles and other landmarks that he visited in Europe and Mexico, and though he exhibited his artwork, he never identified as an artist. In an 1981 interview for the Smithsonian he rejected the label, opting to describe himself as a “food handler” and “a doodler,” albeit one “with an idea and a purpose.”
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Perkins Harnly : “Woman’s Bedroom” (1935/1942)
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