Orra White Hitchcock: An Amherst Woman of Art and Science

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Orra White Hitchcock brings to light the little-known art of one of the Connecticut River Valley’s earliest female artists and a leading scientific illustrator of her generation, from her lyrical images of flora, to her massive classroom wall charts and her picturesque lithographs of the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers. Robert L. Herbert and Daria D’Arienzo illuminate Hitchcock’s life and art and reveal new discoveries and previously unknown drawings. Additionally, Elizabeth Farnsworth contributes an analysis of...

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Overview

Orra White Hitchcock brings to light the little-known art of one of the Connecticut River Valley’s earliest female artists and a leading scientific illustrator of her generation, from her lyrical images of flora, to her massive classroom wall charts and her picturesque lithographs of the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers. Robert L. Herbert and Daria D’Arienzo illuminate Hitchcock’s life and art and reveal new discoveries and previously unknown drawings. Additionally, Elizabeth Farnsworth contributes an analysis of Hitchcock’s watercolors of flowers and grasses from the vantage point of her own work as a botanical illustrator, while geologist Tekla Harms describes how the artist’s large classroom drawings supplemented observable phenomena with representations of unseen geological structures crucial to geologic education. This generously illustrated catalogue, produced in conjunction with an exhibition at Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum, celebrates the memorable art of a gifted American woman.

Catalog complements the exhibit at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts between January 28–May 29, 2011

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What People Are Saying

Jane Wald
“Robert Herbert and Daria D’Arienzo skillfully illuminate the indistinct details of Orra White Hitchcock’s fascinating life to reveal a multifaceted portrait of a woman of talent, dedication, and intelligence in the vibrant pedagogical world of nineteenth-century Amherst.”
Jane Wald
"Robert Herbert and Daria D'Arienzo skillfully illuminate the indistinct details of Orra White Hitchcock's fascinating life to reveal a multifaceted portrait of a woman of talent, dedication, and intelligence in the vibrant pedagogical world of nineteenth-century Amherst."
Jane Wald, Executive Director, Emily Dickinson Museum
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780914337232
  • Publisher: Mead Art Museum
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Pages: 114
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 10.47 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT L. HERBERT, professor emeritus, Mount Holyoke College, was awarded the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement for Writing on Art by the College Art Association in 2008.

DARIA D’ARIENZO, a Distinguished Fellow of the Society of American Archivists, curated the Hitchcock papers at Amherst College as head of archives and special collections from 1984 to 2007.

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Table of Contents

Director’s Acknowledgments – Elizabeth E. Barker
Authors’ Acknowledgments
A Note to the Reader
Chronology
Orra White Hitchcock’s Life and Work
A Scientific Illustrator Looks Back at Orra White Hitchcock – Elizabeth Farnsworth
The Hitchcocks’ Classroom Charts – Tekla A. Harms
Exhibited Works
Bibliography
Contributors to the Catalogue
Lenders to the Exhibition

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