A lithograph of an old view of the Gorge between Holyoke and Tom. Drawn by Mrs. Hitchcock and engraved at Pendleton's Lithography, Boston.
Orra White taught science and fine art at Deerfield Academy, and in 1821 she married the former headmaster of Deerflies, Edward Hitchcock (1793-1864), who later became profession of chemistry and natural history and then president of Amherst College. Orra was reputed to be a "fine scholar" who had early exhibited a passion for drawing and painting which she employed in the creation of drawings to illustrate her husband's publications. The most notable of these are the illustrations published in Hitchcock's "Report of the Geology...of Massachusetts" in 1833. This plate presents the view looking north through the gorge where the Connecticut River flows between Mount Tom and Mount Holyoke. Northeastern rises above the meadows into he distance. In the river channel a flat boat heads down river with square sail set, and farther downstream a ferry makes its way across the river from the South Hadley landing.