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 James S. Hutton  (1852 - 1930)

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Lived/Active: Illinois      Known for: scenic artist, cycloramas, panoramas

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
James S.Hutton started his career as a scenic artist, and with a very good reputation was hired as manager by cyclorama* companies and eventually became a "general press and publicity rep" for the infant amusement park industry including Riverview Park at Western and Belmont in Chicago, which was started just prior to World War One.  This was the beginning of the amusement park concept that featured full-scale panoramas* prior to "roller coasters".

He spent most of his career as a scenic artist including for the Grand Opera House, Columbia, Tennessee; Havilin's Theatre, Chicago; and Lincoln Theatre, Chicago. He eventually became interested in cycloramas as a manager and secretary to the Palestine Exhibition Company of Chicago 1888,1889.  In this capacity, he was cyclorama manager of Jerusalem on the Day of the Crucifixion  by William Wehner studio, Milwaukee; and he manager of the Battle of Manila, a panorama* by Howard H.Gross, Chicago.

Researched and submitted by Gene Meier whose sources are three volumes of scenic artist books: American Dramatic Directory, 1884 to 1888 by Harry Miner.

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