|Title||A biography: Henry W. Herrick, 1824-1906... / by Margaret E. Haller.|
|Creator||Haller, Margaret E.|
|Year Range from||1978|
|Dates of Creation||1978|
|Scope & Content||
This is a typescript of an unpublished book about illustrator and artist Henry W. Herrick (1824-1906), written by his great-granddaughter, Margaret Haller.
To quote from Ms. Haller's introduction, "the book deals successively with the first members of the Herrick family to settle in New England (in 1629); in New Hampshire, the first generation of professionals and the first artist; Henry's renegade brother [William]; and then Henry himself."
"Within a brief period of twenty-five years between 1845 and 1870, engraving on the wood block developed a new, American style of book illustration. F. O. C. Darley was its leading exponent, and Henry Walker Herrick (1824-1906), born on a farm in rural New Hampshire, came to New York City to serve as apprentice in Darley's studio. After about five years, he became an illustrator in his own right, both designing on the block and serving as a skilled engraver. His work appeared in books published in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. Eventually he turned almost exclusively to illustrating children's books and periodicals. In the 1850s he daringly served as the director of a school to teach women the art of wood-engraving. The school would later be absorbed into Cooper Union.
With a growing family, and new technologies superceding the wood block, he left New York for Manchester, New Hampshire, to become a serious painter of water colors and art teacher. In that mill town, Herrick became its exemplar of the visual arts as well as a respected local historian and beloved patriarch. "
(from the introduction by author, Margaret E. Haller)
|Copyrights||Copyright owned by Manchester Historic Association.|
Haller, Margaret E.
Herrick, Henry Walker, 1824-1906