The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Hitchcock, James Ripley Wellman

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HITCHCOCK, James Ripley Wellman, American art critic: b. Fitchburg, Mass., 3 July 1857. He was graduated at Harvard in 1877, and in 1882-83 made long journeys in the West, Mexico and Northwest as special correspondent of the New York Tribune, was art critic of the Tribune 1882-90. He was literary adviser to D. Appleton and Company in 1890-1902, and after 1902 to Harper and Brothers. He has written much upon American history, outdoor life and literary topics as well as art. He has lectured extensively upon artistic and literary subjects. He has written ‘The Western Art Movement’ (1885); ‘A Study of George Inness’ (1885); ‘Madonnas by Old Masters’ (1888), the text to photogravures; ‘The Future of Etching’; ‘Some American Painters in Water Colors’; ‘Etching in America’; ‘Notable Etchings by American Artists’; ‘Thomas De Quincy: a Study’; ‘The Louisiana Purchase and the Building of the West’ (1904); ‘The Lewis and Clark Expedition’ (1905). He edited ‘The Life of an Artist, by Jules Breton’; ‘The Last Words of Thomas Carlyle’; ‘The Art of the World Illustrated in the Paintings, Statuary and Architecture of the Columbian Exposition, with an introduction and much other text’; ‘The Story of the West Series,’ including ‘The Story of the Indian’; ‘The Story of the Mine’; ‘The Story of the Cowboy’; ‘The Story of the Railroad’; ‘The Story of the Soldier’; and ‘The Story of the Trapper,’ with introduction; ‘Recollections,’ by Richard Henry Stoddard; ‘The Trail-Makers, a Library of History and Exploration’; ‘Decisive Battles of America,’ and other works.