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By James F. O'Gorman

Expert in quite a lot 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 e-book reconstructs Billings's existence and paintings. one zero one illustrations.

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And] recollect very well the wonder of delight it afforded us to see him with his little bits of scissors produce all the dramatis ptrsona[e] of the ever-charming oriental play of the Forty Thieves ... [which he performed] in a dark cellar behind a transparency made of a box and sheet or two of oiled paper ... Many of the parents ... visited this exhibition of precocious genius, and went away prophesying that [be] ... 14 Page 4 Cutting paper seems to have been a passing fancy; graphic design became Billings's lifelong labor.

Two decades of interrupted research and writing have created an enormous debt to scholars, antiquarians, librarians, archivists, editors, curators, collectors, book sellers, artists, architects, designers, writers, photographers, administrators, critics, colleagues, friends, and relatives who have contributed to this book in every possible way from feeding me information or asking unanswerable questions to listening patiently while I told another tale of finding one more piece of the biographical puzzle.

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. The domed cruciform building of Quincy granite in a Greco-Roman Doric style was erected over the next decade. 38 Billings's graphic ability made him immediately useful. According to the obituary in Old and New, Billings "did not design the building; but all the drawings were made by him. He was with Mr. "39 Such a claim seems too sweeping, as Young must have made some drawings in order to win the competition, but much of the surviving graphic material, in particular the presentation drawings and contract documents, may plausibly be given to Billings.

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