Henry Hitchings

(1824 - 17 January 1902)

Henry Hitchings was a celebrated Boston artist known for his landscape paintings of rural America. Ranging from the dramatic to the intimate, Hitchings' paintings depict the lakes, mountains, and farms of nineteenth-century New England. His work was published in M.J. Whipple's book, New England Scenery from Nature, in 1852, and he exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the American Art-Union, the Boston Art Club, and the Boston Athenaeum. Beginning in the 1860's, Hitchings also devoted himself to teaching; he served as an art professor at the U.S. Naval Academy for eight years and worked as a drawing teacher in the Boston public schools. His work is currently featured in the Dedham Historical Society in Dedham, Massachusetts.
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Death of Henry Hitchings
Special to The New York Times
Boston, January 18, -- Henry Hitchings, for more than thirty years identified with the teaching and drawing in the Boston schools, and for twenty years director of the study in all of the schools, died Friday night. He was seventy-eight years old.

Mr. Hitchings has been called "The Father of the Evening Drawing Schools." He was always an artist, and at one time made landscape art a specialty. He made a tour with Bierstadt over the Rocky Mountains in the fifties. In 1861 Gideon Wlies, the Secretary of the Navy, appointed him Assistant Professor of Drawing in the Naval Academy at Newport, and four years later he served in a similar capacity at Annapolis. He was one of the founders of the Boston Art Club. Published: January 19, 1902, © Copyright, The New York Times.

Funeral of Henry Hitchings
Services Conducted by Rev. J. P. Hawke of Dedham -- Cremation at Forest Hills
There was a large attendance of public school and other teachers at the services held over the remains of Henry Hitchings at his residence, 32 St. James avenue, at noon today. They represented the Institute of Technology, the Boston Evening Drawing School and the English High School. The ritual of the Episcopal Church was read by Rev. J. P. Hawke of Dedham, and a male quartet made up of friends of the deceased sang "Abide with Me" and "Nearer, My God, to Thee." There were no pall-bearers. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. The remains were taken to Forest Hills for cremation.
Boston Transcript, Monday, January 20, 1902.

Birth: unknown, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jan. 17, 1902: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
He died at his home: 32 St. James Avenue
Famous Artist. He was known mostly as a landscape painter & as a teacher of drawing.
Burial: Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Specifically: Cremated at Forest Hills Crematory.
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