Ripley Hitchcock was known to JW when he was art critic of the New York Tribune.
He wrote Etching in America..., 1886; Some Modern Etchings by S. G. McCutcheon, Frank Waller, etc, 1884; Madonnas by Old Masters, 1888; Selected etchings. Important plates by Stephen J. Ferris, Stephen Parish and others, 1890. He edited The Art of the World, illustrated in the paintings and statuary and architecture in the World's Columbian exhibition, 1894.
New York Public Library on-line catalogue (accessed 2004).