Re: Durr Freedley (1888-1938?)
Durr was born Jesse Jacob Friedley in Indianapolis, IN June 21, 1888, son of Sybil Hinds and Harrison Henry Friedley (Freedley).He went to Shortridge High School, Harvard University 1909-1911, unmarried, last address, Oakwood Terrace at the corner of Rhode Island Ave, Newport (studio). Toured Europe after 1911, then on to New York where he worked at the MET, head of Decorative Arts, acting curator and procurer for the American Wing, designed and obtained art for St. John's Newport, Trinity, New York, and a convent in New Jersey. In 1917 he joined the Army where he was commissioned to do airplane camouflage.After the war he lived in Rome in the tower of an old palace where he began portrait painting, then in 1923 he moved to an atelier in Paris in the Boulevard Raspail.In 1930 he came to Newport to do the murals of the Seaman's Church Institute in true fresco style. He held a one-man exhibit in Palm Beach that March, built his house and studio and took charge of the town's Tercentary and historical pageant in cooperation with the Army and Navy.He was a member of the Harvard Club, Coffee House Club, NY, Art Association Newport, Society of the Fine Arts, Palm Beach, FL, Curator of Decorative Arts, MET, NYC, Board of Governors, Art Association, Newport,. He died of injuries following a car accident at 10 a.m. at Symnes Hospital in Arlington MA. when his car crashed into a tree after being rushed by two sailors. Thomas Austin was the other occupant of the car who also died.He had been dining with Dr. and Mrs. Strong in Boston and was en route to the Harvard Club to spend the night. He regained consciousness after the accident -both legs were fractured, his companion died of a broken neck. His mother had been to visit the Saturday before.He left two scholarship endowments in his will, remembered his housekeeper in Rome, and Paris,and left John H. Benson- well-know Newport artisan- in charge of the scholarships. He was survived by his mother and cousin Mary Friedley Taylor of Crawfordville, IN.