Xavier Magazine

Etcher Extraordinaire

Cincinnati’s Treadway Gallery is giving new meaning to a classic pickup line, because they really do want you to come up and see their etchings.


Or, rather, the etchings of native artist and 1890 graduate Edward Hurley. After receiving his degree from Xavier, Hurley studied under renowned artist Frank Duveneck at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where he became a skilled drypoint artist and etcher.

He worked as an architectural and landscape artist known for his etchings of the Queen City, including sights such as the Ohio River, outdoor markets and Mt. Adams rooftops.

Most notably, as the lead artist at the famed Rookwood Pottery, he translated his love of nature into landscapes on numerous vases and plaques. He even received a gold medal for originality in art workmanship at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

His works are in the permanent collections of the Art Association of Indianapolis, the New York Public Library, the Chicago Art Institute, the Cincinnati Museum of Art, the Detroit Art Institute, the Library of Congress and the British Museum.

The gallery’s exhibition, which came from the private collection of his son and daughter, includes a wide variety of Hurley’s etchings, pastels and drawings, many of which have never been seen before.

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