By James F. O'Gorman
Expert in a variety of media, 19th-century artist Hammatt Billings (1818-1874) designed furnishings, statuary, monuments, structure, and private and non-private gardens. He used to be a painter and portraitist and an illustrator whose drawings seemed in UNCLE TOM'S CABIN and LITTLE ladies. This publication reconstructs Billings's lifestyles and paintings. a hundred and one illustrations.
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Parker (17981869), and it is reported that Billings had as classmates the future actor Edgar Loomis Davenport (181577) and the future sculptor Thomas Ridgeway Gould (181881). 10 Another sculptor, Thomas Ball (18191911), with whom Billings would on later occasions collaborate, also attended the school at this time. Ball remembered that he "detested" it, that Parker, the reading master, was "only severe," while a Mr. " The boys wrote in the mornings and read in the afternoons. As was common in this period, the masters were assisted by monitors, older boys who drilled the younger.
This book, therefore, is based primarily on the graphic evidence of his career as artist, architect, and designer collected into a series of scrapbooks, in some cases certainly, in others presumably, by his brother-in-law, the civil engineer Nathaniel T. Bartlett (ca. ). 1 have fleshed out this information and some other primary documentation with gleanings from the journals, letters, and biographies of his patrons and clients, by citing contemporary accounts of his many activities to be found in the popular press, by collecting and cataloguing his illustrations for books and periodicals, and by reading recent histories of the culture, society, and politics of mid-nineteenth-century America.
Series. 2dc21 [B]97-46542 CIP This book is published with the support and cooperation of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Wellesley College. British Library Cataloguing in Publication data are available. Page v TO THE MEMORY OF Lee Ann Clements Pralle Wellesley College' 78, who introduced me to the work of Hammatt Billings AND Margaret Henderson Floyd Wellesley College,'53, scholar of Boston architecture, student, teacher, colleague, friend Page vii Contents Preface ix 1 "A Rare Man" 1 2 "Unrivalled Skiff in This Branch of Art": Book Illustration 21 3 "The Power of the Pencil Adds Much to the Power of the Pen": Evangeline, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and Little Women 44 4 "His Pencil Has Been in Constant Demand": Periodical Illustration 67 5 "Draws So Many Things So Well": Graphic and Other Art 85 6 "Has Shown Himself a Master": Architecture 106 7 "A Rare Achievement of Architectural Skill": College Hall, Wellesley 135 8 "Some Lasting Memento of Their Worth": Monuments 153 9 "Well Calculated to Promote Fraternal Feeling": The National Monument to the Forefathers 175 10 "From the Pencil of Billings": Festivals, Fireworks, and Furniture 208 Afterword 225 Appendix A.
Accomplished in all departments of art--Hammatt Billings of Boston, 1818-1874 by James F. O'Gorman