Family record for Henry and Magdelina Uhle
Herkimer County, New York, 1817
Watercolor and ink on paper, fitted to museum standards in the original painted frame, 14 ¾ x 11 ¼ inches
This is a superb example of a fully developed William Murray family record, incorporating a complete repertoire of his signature elements. The quality of the work itself is enhanced by a superb state of preservation and original painted frame. The large central heart motif inscribed in block lettering: “HENRY UHLE was born the fourteenth of September in the year of our lord 1755 and married Magdelina Dygert the 9th of September in the year of our lord 1763” flanked by vertical rows of hearts and coffins recording the births of the Uhle children between 1785 and 1804, and the deaths of Henry in 1813 and Magdelina in 1815. The lower oval boldly inscribed “Drawn by William Murray October 20th 1817.”
Chris A. Machmer, Annville, PA; Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Palley, Huntington Valley, PA; “The Julie and Sandy Palley Collection of American Folk Art,” Sotheby’s, New York, January 10, 2002, lot 818; Private collection
Painters of Record: William Murray and His School, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, 1990-1991.