Charles L. Hutchinson was a banker, philanthropist and collector of paintings and prints.
Hutchinson was President of the Corn Exchange Bank and used his share of the family fortune to support a number of educational and cultural projects in Chicago. He served as President of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1882-1924 and on the Board of Trustees of the newly founded University of Chicago in the 1890s.
He was also a leading member of the Caxton Club, founded in 1895 to support fine printing at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement. It was as a member of the Club that he was in touch with WHistler in 1900.
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