Painter, etcher, and art teacher, Hobson Pittman was born in Tarboro, North Carolina. In 1918 he moved to Philadelphia to study art, and from 1920 to 1931 he was active in the Woodstock art colony at Utica, New York. He subsequently joined the faculty of Friends Central Country Day School in Overbrook, Pennsylvania, where he taught until 1957. In 1946 the magazine publisher Henry R. Luce commissioned Pittman to travel to Charleston, South Carolina, to create a series of pastels of homes, gardens, and churches for the 14 April 1947 issue of "Life" Magazine.
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