Maurice Prendergast (American, 1858-1924); Grand Canal, Venice, ca. 1898-99; watercolor and pencil on paper. Gift of Mrs. Charles Prendergast. (91.18.6) x1200
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Who is Kathryn E. Hurd?

Kathryn E. Hurd’s portrait, which hangs at the bottom of the museum’s Rotunda staircase with the condition laid out by Mrs. Hurd that it must always remain on a wall of the Williams College Museum of Art.

Kathryn E. Hurd’s last will and testament begins with this phrase:

“I give, devise, and bequeath to the Lawrence Museum of Williams College my paintings and pictures. I direct my Executor hereinafter named to divide the proceeds of my estate into two equal shares. One…

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