Harold Lukens Doolittle
Modern Etcher, Mechanical Engineer
Born in 1883 in Pasadena, Doolittle was a mechanical engineer and etcher educated at the California Institute of Technology and at Cornell University. From 1906 to 1929, he was employed at the Southern California Edison Company, working as a mechanical engineer and later as chief designing engineer.
Doolittle retired after 30 years of engineering work and began producing etchings on hand-made rag paper. Nature became an important element in many of his works, and he made use of fine grains to produce more variety in line and texture.
Doolittle died in Temple City in 1974.
(From: "A Century of California Landscapes," 1983)