Lifetime: 1863 - 1924 Passed: ≈ 100 years ago


Writer, Student


United States

Estelle M. Hurll

Estelle May Hurll a student of aesthetics, wrote a series of popular aesthetic analyses of art in the early twentieth century.

Hurll was born 25 July 1863 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, daughter of Charles W. and Sarah Hurll. She attended Wellesley College, graduating in 1882. From 1884 to 1891 she taught ethics at Wellesley. Hurll received her A.M. from Wellesley in 1892. In earning her degree, Hurll wrote Wellesley's first master's thesis in philosophy under Mary Whiton Calkins; her thesis was titled "The Fundamental Reality of the Aesthetic." After earning her degree, Hurll engaged in a short career writing introductions and interpretations of art, but these activities ceased before she married John Chambers Hurll on 29 June 1908.

Books by Estelle M. Hurll

Child-life in Art  Cover image

Child-life in Art

Fairy Tale Non-Fiction
Love Innocence Influential Art Childhood Humanity Design Architecture Imagination

The poetry of childhood is full of attractiveness to the artist, and many and varied are the forms in which he interprets it. The Christ-child has been his highest ideal. All that human imagination could conceive of innocence and purity and divine lo...