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 DeWitt Clinton Hitchcock  (1832 - 1901)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: expedition artist, lithography, landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Dewitt Clinton Hitchcock was a draftsman who worked in 1847-1850 in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1850-51 in Cincinnati, and again in Boston in 1852.

He traveled with Ephraim George Squier to Central America in 1853, making a number of landscape views, which he lithographed for Squier's 'Notes on Central America' (1855). Due to interest in the Panama Canal project at that time, such images received considerable public attention. Going beyond being just pictures of scenic beauty, part of their appeal was that they encompassed issues of national and economic concern. Investors backing canal and shipping ventures at the time were likely to have purchased, if not commissioned, pictures of the local scenery.

Hitchcock is known to have sailed from New York in February 1853, and by April had begun field operations in Nicaragua, San Salvador, and Honduras, along with Squier and others in the expedition. He returned to New York approximately a year later.

Hitchcock then lived in New York where he worked for "Harper's", "Illustrated American News", and other periodicals. In 1858, he was one of fiteen artists who participated in a special artists' excursion on the B & O Railroad, whose route was between Baltimore and Wheeling, West Virginia. The following year he provided illustrations of John Brown's execution to the "New York Illustrated News".

Sources include:
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
John Cuthbert, "Early Art and Artists in West Virginia"

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