George Hurrell

George Hurrell

1904–1992

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, George Hurrell studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Learning to photograph his paintings spurred an interest in photography as a medium. In 1924 he became friends with Laguna Beach artist Edgar Payne and his wife, Elsie Palmer Payne, who were spending several months in Chicago after returning from a long European sojourn. The following spring, the Paynes motored back to California accompanied by Hurrell. After a short time in Los Angeles, Hurrell moved to Laguna Beach, living for a time in the cottage called “The Paint Box.” He became part of the art community and developed close friendships with artists William Wendt and William Griffith. He began photographing the leading artists of the Laguna Beach Art Association, including Griffith and Wendt, Anna Hills, Thomas Hunt, and Frank Cuprien.

It was in Laguna Beach that Hurrell met Florence “Pancho” Barnes, who, in turn, introduced him to silent movie star Ramon Novarro. Hurrell’s photographs of Barnes and Novarro caught the attention of Hollywood, and he moved there in 1927. By 1930 he was the head of the MGM portrait gallery. He was soon dubbed the “Grand Seigneur of the Hollywood Portrait.” He established his own studio on the Sunset Strip and later worked for Warner Bros.

Maynard Dixon
Gelatin silver print, 1929
9 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches
Gift of Jennings T. Bird
1950.024.002
Karl Yens
Gelatin silver print, 1927
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
Gift of Jennings T. Bird
1950.024.004
Loren Holmwood
Gelatin silver print, 1927
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
Gift of Jennings T. Bird
1950.024.006
Frank Cuprien
Gelatin silver print, 1926
10 x 8 inches
Gift of Jennings T. Bird
1950.024.007
Edgar Payne
Gelatin silver print, 1926
9 x 7 inches
Gift of Jennings T. Bird
1950.024.009
Anna Hills
Gelatin silver print, 1929
6 1/2 x 4 7/8 inches
Gift of Jennings T. Bird
1950.024.010
Gardner Symons
Gelatin silver print, 1928
9 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches
Gift of Jennings T. Bird
1950.024.012
Stephen Chalmers
Gelatin silver print, 1927
8 5/8 x 5 5/8 inches
Gift of Jennings T. Bird
1950.024.013
Douglass Parshall
Gelatin silver print, 1928
9 3/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Gift of Jennings T. Bird
1950.024.014
Hugh Irvine
Gelatin silver print, 1927
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
Gift of Jennings T. Bird
1950.024.015
Ruth Peabody
Gelatin silver print, 1926
9 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches
Gift of Jennings T. Bird
1950.024.016
Sumner Crosby
Gelatin silver print, 1925
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
Laguna Art Museum Collection
Gift of Jennings T. Bird
1950.024.017
William Wendt
Gelatin silver print, 1925
9 1/4 x 7 1/8 inches
Laguna Art Museum Collection
Gift of Jennings T. Bird
1950.024.0018
Stark Davis
Gelatin silver print, 1929
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
Gift of Jennings T. Bird
1950.024.025
John Barrymore and Greta Garbo
Gelatin silver print, 1933, printed 1979-80
Portfolio I, edition 47 of 250
20 x 16 1/8 inches
Gift of Susan Rathbone
1980.120.001
© HurrellPhotos.com
Gary Cooper
Gelatin silver print, 1937, printed 1979-80
Portfolio I, edition 47 of 250
20 x 16 1/8 inches
Gift of Susan Rathbone
1980.120.002
© HurrellPhotos.com
Joan Crawford
Gelatin silver print, 1932, printed 1979-80
Portfolio I, edition 47 of 250
20 x 16 1/8 inches
Gift of Susan Rathbone
1980.120.003
© HurrellPhotos.com
Bette Davis
Gelatin silver print, 1938, printed 1979-1980
Portfolio I, edition 47 of 250
20 x 16 1/8 inches
Gift of Susan Rathbone
1980.120.004
© HurrellPhotos.com
Marlene Dietrich
Gelatin silver print, 1938, printed 1979-1980
Portfolio I, edition 47 of 250
16 1/8 x 20 inches
Gift of Susan Rathbone
1980.120.005
© HurrellPhotos.com
Clark Gable
Gelatin silver print, 1932, printed 1979-1980
Portfolio I, edition 47 of 250
16 1/8 x 20 inches
Gift of Susan Rathbone
1980.120.006
© HurrellPhotos.com
Jean Harlow
Gelatin silver print, 1934, printed 1979-1980
Portfolio I, edition 47 of 250
16 1/8 x 20 inches
Gift of Susan Rathbone
1980.120.007
© HurrellPhotos.com

Rita Hayworth
Gelatin silver print, 1941, printed 1979-1980
Portfolio I, edition 47 of 250
16 1/8 x 20 inches
Gift of Susan Rathbone
1980.120.008
© HurrellPhotos.com
Katharine Hepburn
Gelatin silver print, 1941, printed 1979-1980
Portfolio I, edition 47 of 250
16 1/8 x 20 inches
Gift of Susan Rathbone
1980.120.009
© HurrellPhotos.com
Loretta Young and Tyrone Power
Gelatin silver print, 1937, printed 1979-1980
Portfolio I, edition 47 of 250
16 1/8 x 20 inches
Gift of Susan Rathbone
1980.120.010
© HurrellPhotos.com
Untitled Nude in Shadow (Gigi Parrish)
Gelatin silver print, 1939
9 1/2 x 11 inches
Anonymous gift
1992.193
Millard Sheets
Gelatin silver print, 1929
9/12 x 7 3/8 inches
Anonymous gift
1992.484
William Wendt
Gelatin silver print, 1926
20 x 14 inches
Anonymous gift
2002.014
Edgar Payne
Ferrotype, 1926
10 1/8 x 8 inches
Museum purchase with funds provided by Lois Outerbridge
2011.006
Walt Disney
Gelatin silver print, 1940
9 x 7 inches
Anonymous gift
2012.011