Alfred Heber Hutty (1877-1954) was born in Grand Haven, MI. He moved to Charleston, SC in 1919 when he was in his early 40s and immediately cabled his wife -- “Come quickly. Have found heaven.” Hutty had worked as a stained glass designer in Kansas City and at Tiffany Glass Studios in New York. He had a long association with the Woodstock, NY art community and with Lowell Birge Harrison, who was also a mentor of fellow Charleston artist Alice Ravenel Huger Smith. Even after he moved to Charleston, Hutty maintained a studio in Woodstock until his death in 1954. Primarily an oil and watercolor painter, Hutty did not seriously take up etching until after his move to Charleston but quickly demonstrated his complete mastery of the medium, winning national awards and was the first American to be elected to the British Society of the Graphic Arts. He was one of the founding members of the Charleston Etcher’s Club in 1923. Hutty's work reveals his varied artistic roots in the social realism of the Midwest, as well as the picturesque landscape traditions of Woodstock and Charleston. Hutty’s artistic vision combined with his technique uniquely captured the sense of Charleston — its religious, residential and commercial buildings, surrounding plantations and scenes from daily life.