Charting the Divine Plan: The Art of Orra White Hitchcock (1796–1863)
Charting the Divine Plan: The Art of Orra White Hitchcock (1796–1863) explores the confluence of art, love, science, and religion in the extraordinary art of Orra White Hitchcock, one of America’s first female scientific illustrators. Her marriage in 1821 to Amherst College professor Edward Hitchcock cemented a years-long friendship and collaboration based on a bedrock of faith and science, mutual respect, close observation, and mental capacity for the largest of ideas. Orra White exhibited a prodigious scientific mind and abundant artistic talent at an early age. The exhibition traces her development from schoolgirl projects to highly accomplished renderings of the natural scenery of the Connecticut River Valley used in her husband’s many geology publications.
Mastodon maximus. Cuv. [After Georges Cuvier], Orra White Hitchcock (1796–1863), Amherst, Massachusetts, 1828–1840, Pen and ink and watercolor wash on cotton, with woven tape binding, 25 1/2 x 37", Amherst College Archives & Special Collections