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Murphy, Katharine Prentis (1882-1967)

Name: Murphy, Katharine Prentis (1882-1967)

Title: Medal recipient for work in the restoration field, Newport Preservation Society, 1957
Recipient, Louise de Pont Crowninshield Award, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1962

Other Names: Prentis, Katharine Louise

Born: 03/12/1882

Birthplace: New York, NY

Died: 05/12/1967

Death Location: New Haven, CT

Residence: New York, NY 1882, 1900, 1925, 1942-1959 (resided with brother Edmund Prentis)
Concord, NH 1905-1921
White Plains, NY 1922, 1923, 1926
Westbrook, CT 1950, 1953

Nationality: American

Occupation: Nurse
Antique Collector

Father: Prentis, Edmund Astley (1856-1928)

Mother: Campbell, Mary Fannie (1860-1941)

Relations: Sibling: Edmund Astley Prentis Jr. (1883-1967)

Spouse: David Edward Murphy (1859-1919), April 26, 1905, New York

Notes: Pioneer in early 20th-century antique collecting; she specialized in 17th- and 18th-century American furniture, particularly from New England.

Ellen P. Denker, "Collectors' Legacies," The Magazine Antiques, (January 2005),

Linus J. Dewald, Jr., Editor. "Edmund D. Prentis of England and New York,"

Polly Long, "To the Memory of Two Great Collectors," The Boston Herald, Boston, Massachusetts, May 28, 1967, 195.

"Mrs. David E. Murphy, 83 Dies, Collector and Donor of Antiques," The New York Times, May 13, 1967, 32.

Monika V. Schiavo, A Room with a Viewpoint: Katharine Prentis Murphy and the Colonial Revivial in the Age of Modernism, 1950-1960. M.A. Thesis, The Smithsonian Associates and Corcoran College of Art and Design, 2011.

Elizabeth Stillinger, The Antiquers: Early Collectors for American Antiques. (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980), 248-251.

Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2012

United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925

United States Social Security Death Index

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