Alfred Hutty was born in Grand Haven, Michigan in 1877. He moved to Charleston, South Carolina in 1919 while in his early forties. He worked as a stained glass designer in Kansas City and at Tiffany Glass Studios in New York, and had begun a long association with the Woodstock, NY art community and with Lowell Birge Harrison, a mentor of a Charleston artist Alice R.H. Smith. Primarily an oil and watercolor artist, Hutty did not seriously take up etching until he moved to Charleston but demonstrated a mastery of the medium. Hutty was one of the founding members of the Charleston Etcher’s Club and an active in the Footlight Player’s Workshop in Charleston.