Will Hutchins (American 1878-1945)

Born in 1878, Colchester, Ct., Will Hutchins was the only child of Charlotte Ann Hills and Rev. William T. Hutchins [1849-1917]. A Yale Divinity graduate and eloquent Congregational minister, he was respected as the foremost worldwide authority on the horticulture of the American sweet-pea.Inheriting his father’s earnest timbre, Hutchins earned his BA at Yale in 1901 and the BFA in 1909, earning Phi Beta Kappa honors and class awards for his high-minded essays on art and spirituality. With a natural appeal to the footlights, he became a lifelong thespian. Acting, directing, and producing stage events, his papers include reams of original plays scripts of moralizing, episodic comedies, tragedies, and even a “medieval comedy.” Around 1907, he became intellectually entwined with the eminent Boston architect Ralph Adams Cram. Cram raves to Hutchins “(I read) your article on Giotto with an interest that is only exceeded by the delight it caused me.” As eccentric extroverts, they viewed industrialization and modern conformity as antithetical to their crusade of ennobling the human spirit through art. Read the full biography here.

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