This collection contains 96 drawings, 14 original letters, and 39 facsimiles of letters and manuscripts of California
surveyor, topographer, and engineer William Rich Hutton (1826-1901). Includes both watercolor and pencil drawings of California
(including Los Angeles, Monterey, San Francisco, the New Almaden Quicksilver Mine,
and the California Missions), Baja California, Mexico, and Peru.
William Rich Hutton (1826-1901), surveyor, topographer, and engineer, came to California in 1847
as a clerk with his uncle, Major William Rich, paymaster for U.S. volunteer troops.
For the next six years, Hutton was employed as a surveyor and draftsman. During this
time he made watercolor and pencil drawings of California scenes. In 1853 he
returned to the East and worked as an engineer on various projects including the
Washington Bridge and Hudson River Tunnel in New York City. Hutton’s younger
brother, James D. Hutton, was also a topographer and artist.
149 pieces in 2 boxes
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