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FRANK TOWNSEND HUTCHENS
The artist Frank Townsend Hutchens (1869-1937) was born in Canandaigua, New York. He studied painting in Paris and in New York with artists who also taught at the Art Students League. He traveled extensively in Europe, North Africa, New England, and the American West, and the paintings he produced while on his sojourns were shown in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In Paris, Hutchens's paintings were exhibited in the Salon of 1898, which also included the sculpture The End of the Trail by James Earle Fraser. A masterful painter and draftsman, Hutchens was proficient in watercolors and oils, illustrated a special 1892 edition of the novel Ben-Hur, and completed a wall mural for St. John's Episcopal Church in Elmira, New York. Hutchens and his wife Mabel Reynolds settled in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he became a key figure in the Silvermine Artists Guild. In the 1930s, Hutchens divided his time between Connecticut and Taos, New Mexico, the site of the thriving artists' community which had been home to several generations of writers and artists, including Georgia O'Keeffe and D. H. Lawrence.