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Drawings of James D. Hutton
mssHM 63328(1-16) and FAC 1402  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Drawings of James D. Hutton
    Dates: 1847-1860
    Bulk dates: 1859-1860
    Collection Call Numbers: mssHM 63328(1-16) and FAC 1402
    Creator: Hutton, James D., artist
    Extent: 17 items
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: Sixteen drawings prepared by artist James D. Hutton (died 1868) while with United States Army Captain W. F. Raynolds' expedition of the Yellowstone River Valley in 1859-1860, as well as one ca. 1847 drawing of Costa Rica.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Drawings of James D. Hutton, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    The drawings were a gift from the Friends of the Huntington Library, July 24, 1940.


    James D. Hutton, artist, photographer, topographer, and younger brother of the notable topographical artist William Rich Hutton, was born in Washington D.C. around 1828. When James' uncle, William Rich, was assigned duty in California as a U.S. Army Paymaster, both James and his brother William went with him. After traveling through Central and South America, they arrived in San Francisco in April 1847. James was the artist for the 1855 expedition of Lt. R. S. Williamson and Lt. Henry L. Abbott to find a route for a railroad from San Francisco to the Columbia River, as well as, Capt. William F. Raynolds' exploration of the Yellowstone River Valley in 1859-1860 for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Hutton joined the Confederate Army in 1861 and saw action at the Battle of Pilot Knob. After the Civil War, he moved to Mexico where he died in 1868.

    Scope and Content

    The drawings, which artist James D. Hutton prepared while with U.S. Army Captain W. F. Raynolds' expedition of the Yellowstone River Valley in 1859-1860, include landscape scenes throughout Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming, including Bear Butte, the Bighorn River and Mountain Range, the Little Missouri River, the Powder River, the Teton Range, the Wind River, and various locations in the Yellowstone River Valley. There is one drawing not from the expedition, and it is of Cabo Blanco, Costa Rica. It was probably drawn in 1847, and has on its verso: "W R Hutton" and a New York City address. Also included is a photostat of a daguerreotype of James D. Hutton (FAC 1402).

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    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Hutton, James D.
    Hutton, Wm. R. (William Rich), 1826-1901, artist.


    Artists--United States.
    Bear Butte (S.D. : Mountain)--Pictorial works.
    Bighorn River (Wyo. and Mont.)--Pictorial works.
    Little Missouri River (Wyo.-N.D.)--Pictorial works.
    Powder River (Wyo. and Mont.)--Pictorial works.
    Teton Range (Wyo. and Idaho)--Pictorial works.
    United States--Discovery and exploration.
    West (U.S.)--Pictorial works.
    Yellowstone River Valley--Pictorial works.


    Drawings--United States--19th century.