Hutchings' Illustrated California


Hutchings' Illustrated California Magazine was a monthly publication that ran from 1856 to 1861. The magazine was published in San Francisco, California, and was named after its founder, James Mason Hutchings.Image:hutchings-illustrated-california-sample-cover


James Mason Hutchings, a British immigrant, moved to California during the Gold Rush and became a successful businessman. In 1855, he founded the California Magazine, which focused on literature and news related to California.

The following year, Hutchings revived the magazine as Hutchings' Illustrated California Magazine, with a stronger emphasis on art and illustration. The magazine featured engravings and lithographs of California landscapes, as well as portraits of Californians, and articles on natural history and travel in the state.

In 1861, Hutchings sold the magazine to another publisher, who changed the title to Hutchings' California Magazine. The magazine continued to publish until 1866.


Hutchings' Illustrated California Magazine featured a mix of content, including fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. The magazine's most distinctive feature was its illustrations, which were produced by some of California's most talented artists.

The magazine featured articles on California's natural beauty, with a focus on Yosemite Valley. Hutchings was an early advocate for the protection of Yosemite, and his magazine helped to promote the region to a wider audience.

In addition to its natural history content, Hutchings' Illustrated California Magazine also featured articles and stories related to the social and political issues of the day.


Hutchings' Illustrated California Magazine is remembered as an important publication in the history of California literature and art. The magazine's illustrations helped to promote appreciation for California's natural beauty, and its articles and stories provided a window into the social and political issues of the time.

Hutchings himself played a significant role in the development of Yosemite National Park, and the park's Hutchings Museum was named in his honor.


Hutchings' Illustrated California Magazine played an important role in the development of California art and literature. Its illustrations and articles helped to promote appreciation for California's natural beauty and bring attention to important social and political issues of the day.{{Categories}}

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