By James F. O'Gorman
Expert in a variety 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 ladies. This e-book reconstructs Billings's lifestyles and paintings. one zero one illustrations.
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His brain is a rich mine of aesthetic wealth. He does not so much translate poetry into pictorial art as recast 'it in exquisite shapes of his own invention. 4 Billings's was an eclectic style, drawing on a variety of imported and domestic precedents. 5 This was a style he early emulated for both architectural and artistic work (see fig. 40). Among the books he purchased between 1845 and 1858 at Ticknor's bookstore at Washington and School Streets in Boston were works probably illustrated by Albrecht Düer, Benjamin R.
B. Young's Customs House. Here he followed not only Bowen, who had produced the Picture of Boston in 1829, but the well-known architectural "composer" Alexander Jackson Davis. Davis (180392) was also an artist-architect of early accomplishment who turned out drawings for engraved architectural vignettes of New York and Boston in the 1820s. 59 Unlike Davis, however, who reconciled the internal conflict between artist and architect by concentrating his attention on architecture from the 1830s, Billings pursued a multifarious career.
O. C. Darley, the one name that still brings recognition among even casual art historians and bibliophiles. Working in the shadow of the famous English and European illustrators of the first half of the century, and eclipsed by the brilliant color work at its end, these artists in black-and-white nonetheless contributed much to the history of book embellishment in the New World. Hammatt Billings was a member in good standing of that pioneer generation. " Although the suddenness might be questioned, there did then appear a large group of illustrators, among whom were Darley, Hoppin, and Billings.
Accomplished in all departments of art--Hammatt Billings of Boston, 1818-1874 by James F. O'Gorman