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Maker(s):Attributed to Peckham, Robert
Culture:American (1785-1877)
Title:Professor Edward Hitchcock Returning from a Journey
Date Made:ca. 1838
Materials:oil on canvas mounted on board
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Amherst
Measurements:Frame: 28 7/8 in x 30 7/16 in x 1 1/2 in; 73.3 cm x 77.3 cm x 3.8 cm; Canvas/Mount: 25 in x 26 1/4 in; 63.5 cm x 66.7 cm
Accession Number:  AC P.1940.1
Credit Line:Gift of Lucy and Caroline Hitchcock

Label Text:
This painting, recently attributed to Massachusetts-based itinerate painter and deacon Robert Peckham, shows geology professor Edward Hitchcock, Amherst College’s third president (1845–1854), greeting his family outside their Amherst home. Among those welcoming him home is his wife, Orra White Hitchcock (dressed in brown and carrying a toddler), who was a prolific artist of botanical studies and geological charts, which her husband often used in his classroom lectures. Peckham’s detailed and lively articulation of flora and fauna hints at the Hitchcocks’ mutual interest in natural history.

RRG, 2009

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