This text details the fascinating life and work of Orra White Hitchcock, one of America's first female scientific illustrators.
"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. This catalogue thoughtfully explains her substantial contributions, often in partnership with her husband, geologist and Amherst College President Edward Hitchcock, to advance scientific understanding through art. With their mutually deep connections to the fledgling Amherst College, the Hitchcock and Dickinson families were intimately acquainted, and the poet had ample opportunity to absorb Orra's drawings. Those precise illustrations of the natural world recall the exactitude and close observation so characteristic of Emily Dickinson's poetry."
-Jane Wald, Executive Director, Emily Dickinson Museum
Catalogue by Robert L. Herbert and Daria D'Arienzo, with contributions from Elizabeth Farnsworth and Tekla A. Harms. Paperback: 114 pages. Publisher: Mead Art Museum, March 8, 2011. Measures: 8" x 0.2" x 10.2".
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