By James F. O'Gorman
Expert in quite a lot of media, 19th-century artist Hammatt Billings (1818-1874) designed furnishings, statuary, monuments, structure, and private and non-private gardens. He was once a painter and portraitist and an illustrator whose drawings seemed in UNCLE TOM'S CABIN and LITTLE girls. This ebook reconstructs Billings's lifestyles and paintings. one hundred and one illustrations.
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I am astonished by the breadth of Billings's achievementas were his contemporariesrather than by the aesthetic quality of any one of his works, as fine as many of them are, so I have sought to give a broad historical overview of the most important branches of his art. I have separated the various categories in which he worked for the sake of this exposition, but it should be emphasized that his production was seamless. Work in illustration related to work in the design of sculpture; work in architecture informed work in illustration.
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. No one knows better than I how spotty my collecting has been.
54 The Boston Artists' Association founded in 1841 elected Billings to regular membership in November 1843. He joined Chester Harding, Isaiah Rogers, Fitz Hugh Lane, A. B. Young, Thomas Devereux, and other artists and architects in their professional and theoretical discussions. 55 Joseph soon joined. 57 Hammatt was still polishing his drafting skills as late as the 1860s, for in the winter of 1864 he was attending the Lowell Institute lectures given by William Rimmer. 58 Billings's work as book and periodical illustrator preceded his work as an architect.
Accomplished in all departments of art--Hammatt Billings of Boston, 1818-1874 by James F. O'Gorman