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By June 2, 2019 Read More →

Q is for Quig

Q is for Quig- Nelson painter, musician, and frame maker Albert “Quig” Quigley painted landscapes and portraits that captured life in the Monadnock Region. Mt. Monadnock and the Nelson Congregational Church (which he could see from his house) were favorite subjects. He painted portraits of locals, sometimes on commission but often because he found their faces interesting.

Quigley was born in Maine in 1891. Following his service in WWI, he studied painting in France and later at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He moved to the Monadnock Region in the 1920s and befriended Dublin artist Alexander James who became a lifelong friend and supporter.

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Nelson Congregational Church by Albert Duvall Quigley (1891-1961)

Quigley was also an accomplished musician and played fiddle for Ralph Page’s band. Art and music didn’t provide enough income for a growing family; Quig also worked at the woolen mills in Harrisville. He often bartered paintings to help support his family and many of his works can be found in local homes.

In 2017, a local group of writers, artists and educators presented a retrospective exhibition of Albert Quigley’s work at the Historical Society of Cheshire County that introduced his artistic legacy to a new generation. The group researched and wrote an exhibition catalog and established the Albert Duvall Quigley Scholarship with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The scholarship will provide assistance to Monadnock Region students pursuing post-secondary education in the visual arts.


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Oxen Plowing Field by Albert Duvall Quigley (1891-1961)


Learn more about Quig’s life and work

Albert Duvall Quigley Exhibition Catalog, 2017

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Q is for Quig published on June 2, 2019.