George McQuerry Jr. 1902-1961


George McQuerry Jr. was the staff designer at Walter M. Murphy in the 1920s.

In the meantime, Murphy managed to bring together some of the finest young design talent on the west coast. Wellington Everett Miller began his apprenticeship as a part-time artist under Murphy staff designer George McQuerry Jr. Two other marvellously gifted young designers who started with Murphy were Franklin Quick Hershey and Philip O. Wright. Hershey arrived at Murphy in 1928, and Wright joined later that year. They learned from each other, Wright teaching Hershey a watercolor illustrating technique, and both contributed to the coachbuilder's greatest designs during that golden age when Murphy put more bodies on Model J and SJ Duesenberg chassis than any other body-maker in the nation. Hershey's low, luscious designs on the L-29 Cord included the sweepside dual-cowl phaeton (three built), and Wright designed a pair of L-29 town cars for Lola Montez and John Barrymore, plus several other magnificent L-29 Cords.


George McQuerry Jr.'s father was head book­keeper of the company, and it was natural that his son was drawn to the fascinating arena of custom body construction. Like Miller, he was in his teens when hired by Frank Spring as a body draftsman. Murphy agreed to sponsor some special education toward a design career, and so the company paid for his courses in "mass and color" at the Otis Art Institute. Not all of George's work was on the draw­ing board, and occasionally he was called on to de­liver a customer's car, for which he was paid an additional standard fee. No matter whether the cus­tomer lived in San Francisco of Pasadena, it was always the same: $.55. Once in a while, this extra­ordinary responsibility would meet a severe test, as for instance on the day before one of the annual coachbuilders' Los Angeles Salons. The exhibitors' entrance to Biltmore Hotel was supposed to close at 3:00 p.m., and George was handed the keys to a very special Rolls-Royce at the coachworks in Pas­adena some 10 miles away at 2:55 p.m. The Murphy display was assigned the choice first four places next to the grand staircase, and early visitors to the show that year may recall that it was distinguish­ed for awhile by the authentic aroma of very warm metal. George continued as a designer and layout man until 1932, being responsible in many cases for determining the practicability of new design suggestions and seeing that their subsequent de­velopment was carried through.



For more information please read:

Biographies of Prominent Carriage Draftsmen - Carriage Monthly, April 1904

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Daniel D. Hutchins - Wheels Across America: Carriage Art & Craftsmanship

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Richard Burns Carson - The Olympian Cars

Brooks T. Brierley - Auburn, Reo, Franklin and Pierce-Arrow Versus Cadillac, Chrysler, Lincoln and Packard

Brooks T. Brierley - Magic Motors 1930

James J. Schild - Fleetwood: the Company and the Coachcraft

John R. Velliky - Dodge Brothers/Budd Co. Historical Photo Album

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Stephen Newbury -  Car Design Yearbook 2

Stephen Newbury -  Car Design Yearbook 3

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Ivan Margolius - Automobiles by Architects

Jonathan Bell - Concept Car Design

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Matt Delorenzo - Modern Chrysler Concept Cars: The Designs That Saved the Company

Thom Taylor - How to Draw Cars Like a Pro

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Doug DuBosque - Draw Cars

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Gordon M. Buehrig - Rolling sculpture: A designer and his work

Henry L. Dominguez - Edsel Ford and E.T. Gregorie: The Remarkable Design Team...

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Laura Cordin - Raymond Loewy


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