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What is man that thou art mindful of him? Psalm 8, 4
  • Harold Lukens Doolittle
    born: Pasadena, California, United States ; died: Temple City, California, United States
  • What is man that thou art mindful of him? Psalm 8, 4, date unknown
  • aquatint
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 212.72 x 215.9 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 8 3/8 x 8 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 20 x 16 in
  • Collection of Pamela D. Kingsbury, Wichita, Kansas
  • Not on display
  • EL2009.030
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Trees & Other Ramifications: Branches in Nature & Culture," Mar-2009, Steve Goddard
The diminutive figure in the lower right of Doolittle’s aquatint bares a general resemblance to the profile of the great naturalist, John Muir (1838-1914), who often posed wearing a hat and a loose-fitting coat and holding a walking staff. Muir was the founder of the Sierra Club and a key figure in the early history of the American environmental movement. This scene could well be in the forest of Coast Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) north of San Francisco that became the Muir Woods National Monument in 1908. Muir wrote of these woods, “This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world.”
Harold Doolittle was a talented Arts and Crafts woodworker and printmaker who also worked as a mechanical engineer.