James F. O'Gorman's Accomplished in all departments of art--Hammatt Billings of PDF

By James F. O'Gorman

ISBN-10: 1558491481

ISBN-13: 9781558491489

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 girls. This ebook reconstructs Billings's existence and paintings. one hundred and one illustrations.

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Or rather, it says much about the class consciousness of traditional art-historical writing. As an illustrator Billings placed his pencil in the service of the great issues of his time, especially the three most important moral issues: war, intemperance, and slavery. Any illustrator would find challenging the depiction of battle, and Billings gave visual form to great moments of the Mexican War and to generic struggles of the Civil War. Temperance literature was plentiful in an era of the Maine Law of 1851 and other attempts before and after midcentury to control or eliminate the sale and consumption of alcohol, and Billings found steady employment in that field.

Woodcock and G. F. Meacham, but especially the prolific Gridley J. F. BryantBillings turned out a bewildering variety of other work. This ranged from fireworks displays for the Common to a layout for the Boston Public Garden (unrealized), the composition of diplomas and certificates, the creation of private and public monuments, painted works in oil and watercolor, the design of sculpture as well as furniture and other decorative arts, the embellishment of public events stretching from the Water Arch of 1848 to the decorations for the reception at the Boston visit of the Prince of Wales in 1860.

Before 1836] he went to Mr. Benjamin to learn architecture.... "36 Asher Ben- Page 7 jamin (1772/31845) was one of the major neoclassical architects and the major publicist of Roman and Greek architectural forms in New England, if not the United States. 37 We know nothing about his office or his teaching methods; we can only guess that Billings got a thorough grounding in the classical orders from this prime force in the architectural development of early nineteenth-century New England. Benjamin's younger rival Ammi Burnham Young (17981874), fresh from designing the Vermont State Capitol at Montpelier, won the competition for the federal Customs House in Boston in 1837.

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