George Hitchcock (artist)

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George Hitchcock
Sargent Portrait of George Hitchcock.jpg
Portrait of Hitchcock by John Singer Sargent, 1900
Born 1850 (1850)
Providence, Rhode Island
Died 1913 (1914)
Nationality American
Education Brown University, Harvard Law School
Known for Painting
Patron(s) Gustave Boulanger, Jules-Joseph Lefebvre

George Hitchcock (September 29, 1850 – August 2, 1913) was an American painter, born in Providence, Rhode Island, and was mostly active in Europe, notably in the Netherlands.


Hitchcock graduated from Brown University, and from Harvard Law School in 1874. He then turned his attention to art and became a pupil of Gustave Boulanger and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre at the Académie Julian in Paris.[1]

He attracted notice in the Paris Salon of 1885 with his "Tulip Growing", of a Dutch garden he painted in the Netherlands. For years he had a studio near Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands, where he started his "Art Summer School" that later resulted in a group of returning summer artists that informally became the Egmondse School (1890-1905). He received these students and guests at his "Huis Schuylenburgh", a large estate in Egmond aan den Hoef.

He became a chevalier of the French Legion of Honour and a member of the Vienna Academy of Arts, the Munich Secession Society, and other art bodies, and is represented in the Dresden gallery, the imperial collection in Vienna, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. In 1909 he was elected to the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician.

At the time of his death, he was living in a houseboat in the harbor of Marken, Netherlands.[2]

The Egmondse School (nl) (l.t.r.) Henriette Hitchcock, (unknown), Corinne Melchers, George Hitchcock and Gari Melchers.

Hitchcock was married to the painter Cecil Jay.[3]


  1. ^ George Hitchcock in the RKD
  2. ^ Victorian Web
  3. ^ David Bernard Dearinger; National Academy of Design (U.S.) (2004). Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design: 1826–1925. Hudson Hills. ISBN 978-1-55595-029-3. 

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Hitchcock, George". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.