George Hitchcock, born in 1850, had high academic expectations and studied at Brown and Harvard Law School before entering Acadamie Julian in Paris. In 1879 he quit his law practice to study painting there. Hitchcock created Impressionistic pictures of brilliantly colored tulip fields in Holland, usually with a Dutch peasant woman in beautiful costuming. He became known as the "Painter of Sunlight". Hitchcock traveled often, creating halos and auras of light around his subjects. He was elected associate member of the National Academy of Design in 1909. Hitchcock died in 1913.