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 William Rich Hutton  (1826 - 1901)

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Lived/Active: Maryland/California/District Of Columbia      Known for: topographic landscape, missions

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William Rich Hutton
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Race Point Dunes
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Washington, DC on March 21, 1826. Hutton arrived in California in 1847 as a clerk to his uncle, Wm Rich, who was paymaster for the U.S. Volunteer Forces in the Mexican War. Hutton assisted Edward Ord in surveying Los Angeles in 1849 and was county surveyor for San Luis Obispo County in 1850-51. His drawings of Los Angeles in 1847 and 1852 are alleged to be the first of that city. While in California, he did pencil drawings and watercolors of towns, missions, and ranchos. His works are of great historical value albeit primitive in execution. Hutton left California for the East in 1853 and worked as a civil engineer until his death in Montgomery, MD on Dec. 11, 1901.

Works held in Public Places: Huntington Library (San Marino, CA).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Drawings & Illustrations by Southern California Artists (Wall Moore, Nancy Dustin, et al; Laguna Beach Museum of Art); California Pictorial (Van Nostrand & Coulter); Painting & Sculpture in Los Angeles, 1900-1945; New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America (Groce, George C. and David H. Wallace); Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); Yesterday's Artists on the Monterey Peninsula; Artists of the American West (Samuels); Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); First 100 Years of Painting in California (J. Van Nostrand); Artists and Illustrators of the Old West (Robert Taft); Washington Post, 12-12-1901 (obituary).
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A sketch artist known for his views of early California, William Rich arrived in April 1847 in Monterey to serve as a clerk for his uncle, William Rich, a paymaster of the U.S. Volunteer Troops during the Mexican War.

In 1849, he accompanied Edward Ord on the surveying of Los Angeles and from 1850 to 1851, was surveyor for San Luis Obispo. He did numerous watercolor sketches of California towns, missions, and ranches, and his 1847 and 1852 views of Los Angeles are among the earliest of that town. He also did depictions of Monterey.

After 1853, he returned to Maryland and worked as a Civil Engineer in Montgomery County.

Source: Who Was Who in American Art by Peter Falk

He was born in Washington DC

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