Dorset Vermont Historical Society Bley House Museum

Collection Notes

Fall 2009

New in the Collection: Lorenzo Hatch Engravings

Train Etching by Lorenzo Hatch
Train Etching by Lorenzo Hatch

Bull etching by Lorenzo Hatch - New in the collection.
Bull etching by Lorenzo Hatch

The Dorset Historical Society has recently added two signed Lorenzo Hatch engravings to its collection thanks to a donation from John Doody of California.

Lorenzo Hatch was a prominent turn-of-the century engraver and etcher who lived part of his boyhood life and, later, summers in Dorset. His skill and work as a painter is less well-known. His portrait of his mother is in the permanent collection of the Southern Vermont Arts Center.

Hatch's unusual ability as an engraver was recognized when he was quite young. At the age of eighteen he was sent to Washington, D.C. to study bank note engraving with the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing. His portrait of Ulysses S. Grant circulated from 1886 to 1891 on the $5.00 silver certificate. It is his engraving of Abraham Lincoln that appears on today's five dollar bill. Hatch's reputation as a fine engraver took him to employment in New York, Chicago and eventually Peking (Beijing), China. He remained in China until his death in 1914. His body was returned to Dorset and is buried in Maple Hill Cemetery across from his boyhood home. Farmer etching by Lorenzo Hatch
SVAC collection. This Hatch engraving enhances the cover of Dorset: in the shadow of the marble mountain, by Tyler Resch, a history of Dorset, VT.

Go to the Society's Newsletter for more information about Hatch and his work.

Susanne Rappaport

Dorset Historical Society
Member of Vermont Historical Society and
The New England Museum Association

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