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 used to be a painter and portraitist and an illustrator whose drawings seemed in UNCLE TOM'S CABIN and LITTLE girls. This booklet reconstructs Billings's existence and paintings. one zero one illustrations.
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O'Gorman. cm. (Studies in print culture and the history of the book) Includes bibliographical references and index. 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.
51 The towered Italianate villa was finished and long occupied by Hall. In a letter to Charles Eliot Norton of II March 1852, Billings mentioned the "illness of Mrs. 52 Some time in the next few years, and probably about 1859, Billings married Phoebe A. 53 He had no children by either spouse. We are left to wonder about Billings's relationship to his second wife, for the Boston directories show him after the mid-1860s boarding around town while Phoebe remained in residence at 59 Camden Street. Since no real estate is listed in Hammatt's probate records, whereas a Page 11 lot and house at this address are listed in Phoebe's, it would seem that she was the sole owner.
Cabot's recently built Boston Athenaeum on Beacon Street. By the early 1850s he was an established architect and designer in the city (fig. 3). He was not only sought after by patrons but envied by his peers. , but as it is, I can do as well as any of them. " 46 Nor, as we shall see, was this an isolated accolade. The steady progress of his early professional career was paralleled by rough sledding in his personal life. 3. Both were presumably drawn by Hammatt, who illustrates the diversity of his services while limiting those of Joseph and his partner to architecture (author's collection).
Accomplished in all departments of art--Hammatt Billings of Boston, 1818-1874 by James F. O'Gorman