Combined Families — Picasso painting at Crandall Library

This is the latest in an occasional series of posts about the daughters of Samuel Pruyn and their families that lived in the three houses that now are the campus of The Hyde Collection art museum in Glens Falls.

The first public exhibit in North America of the Pablo Picasso painting “Boy Holding a Blue Vase” was at Crandall Library in Glens Falls.

“It was painted in 1906 and acquired by Mrs. (Charlotte) Hyde in the Spring of last year,” The Post-Star reported on March 16, 1944. “It has never been exhibited on this side of the ocean, although it featured prominently in French collections and exhibitions.”

The painting was exhibited along with 28 drawings by great artists loaned from the personal collections of Glens Falls area residents.

“The nucleus of the exhibition is the group of drawings from the collection of Mrs. Louis P. Hyde. However, many others have cooperated in this project by allowing their drawings to be shown.”

Artist/illustrator Douglass Crockwell of Glens Falls was among the others that loaned art work for the exhibit.

In other Combined Families historical news:

  • On Oct. 25, 1922, The Post-Star reported that Nell K. Pruyn volunteered at the women’s clothes table and Mary Hoopes at the men’s furnishings table at the Glens Falls Hospital Guild rummage sale at the Roger’s House at the corner of Bay and Maple streets.
  • On Nov. 23, 1922, The Post-Star reported that Mary Hoopes held a luncheon at her home the previous day.

Click here to read the most recent previous Combined Families post.

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Maury Thompson

Freelance history writer and documentary film producer from Ticonderoga, NY