‘Lying in State of Prince Kuhio’ by Huc Mazelet Luquiens, 1922
A rare, hard-to-find Drypoint Etching of a historic moment in Hawaii, just after the death of important statesman Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole.
Signed and titled in the margin in pencil by the artist.
Acid free matting, held in place with hinges, not glue.
Etching has not been bleached.
Featured in the book “HUC LUQUIENS’ HAWAII Prints 1918-1950,” page 33.
Framed: 18 1/4″ x 24 1/4″
Image only: 10″ x 9 1/2″
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Luquiens was born in Auburndale Massachusetts in 1881. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degrees from Yale. After Yale, he continued his studies in Paris at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and at the Académie Julian. As a student in Paris, Luquiens made his first etching under the guidance of two American artists, George Aid and Donald Shaw Maclaughlin. After school, Luquiens returned to the East Coast, where he spent a number of years making a name for himself in portraiture.
In 1917, he travelled to Hawaii and fell in love with the islands. He traveled extensively in the 1920s, visiting Kauai, Maui and Hawaii and spending his summers on the Big Island of Hawaii, recording the Island’s unique landscape.
After teaching at Punahou School in Honolulu for some years, Luquiens became the first art teacher at the University of Hawaii in 1924. He also organized the University’s art department and established high standards for its art students.
In 1928, Luquiens along with Alice N. Poole, founded the Honolulu Printmakers, the oldest professional art organization in Hawaii. Luquiens died in Honolulu in 1961.