John Singer Sargent's Portrait of George Hitchcock
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Portrait of George Hitchcock
John Singer Sargent -- American painter 
Private collection 
Watercolor on paper 
21.6 x  29 cm (8.5 x 11.4 in) 
George Hitchcock (1850-1913) was an American painter. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Charles Hitchcock, a portrait painter. After receiving his law degree from Harvard in 1874 and working briefly as an attorney in Providence and New York, he decided to pursue a career as an artist. He left for Europe in 1877 and studied in London, Düsseldorf, and finally in Paris at the Académie Julian under Gustave Boulanger. 

He grew to fame at the 1885 Paris Salon when he he exhibited the painting La Culture des Tulipes. It was widely praised by critics and other artists, including Jean-Léon Gérome, who considered it "the best American picture of the year." After the 1885 Salon, Hitchcock continued to focus on brightly colored Dutch landscapes, with great success.  

He ultimately settled in the small town of Egmond aan Zee, just outside of Amsterdam. Egmond became an art colony known as the Egmond School, centered around Hitchcock and his fellow American Gari Melchers.


As of 11/15/2002, the painting was offered for sale at 

Adelson Galleries, Inc. 
The Mark Hotel
25 East 77th Street
Third Floor
New York, New York 10021 USA
Telephone   (212) 439-6800 

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By:  Natasha Wallace
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Created 11/15/2002