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Augustus Choate Hamlin
(1828-1905)

Dr. A. C. Hamlin was a distinguished physician and businessman in Bangor, Maine. He served as Army Medical Inspector during the Civil War, later as Surgeon General of the State of Maine, and also as Mayor of Bangor from 1877 to 1878. In addition he was an ardent salmon fisherman, and a lover of gem minerals. He purchased the Mount Mica farm in Oxford County, Maine in order to mine the pegmatite there, and assembled the finest collection of its specimens known in the 1880's.

Hamlin, it appears, was also something of an artist. He made small watercolor paintings of many of his tourmaline crystals, and published them in two books about Maine tourmaline: The Tourmaline (1873) and The History of Mount Mica (1895). The originals of most of these paintings are preserved in the Harvard Mineralogical Museum. The is also a small chromolithograph of his painting of a Ceylon sapphire crystal from his collection in a third book of his: Leisure Hours Among the Gems (1891).

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The Mineralogical Record: Augustus Choate Hamlin - Tourmaline from Mt. Mica, Maine Tourmaline from Mt. Mica, Maine
Watercolor on paper (1873), painted actual size from an 8.1-cm tourmaline crystal in the collection of the artist, A. C. Hamlin. Published as the frontispiece to his book The Tourmaline (1873).
The Mineralogical Record: Augustus Choate Hamlin - Tourmaline from Mt. Mica, Maine Tourmaline from Mt. Mica, Maine
Watercolor on paper (1873), painted actual size from an 7.5-cm tourmaline crystal in the collection of the artist, A. C. Hamlin. Published as plate 2 his book The Tourmaline (1873).
The Mineralogical Record: Augustus Choate Hamlin -
Watercolor on paper (1873), painted actual size from an 3.2-cm cross-section of a tourmaline crystal in the collection of the artist, A. C. Hamlin. Published as plate 3 his book The Tourmaline (1873).
The Mineralogical Record: Augustus Choate Hamlin - Tourmaline from Mt. Mica, Maine Tourmaline from Mt. Mica, Maine
Watercolor on paper (1873), painted actual size from an 8-cm tourmaline crystal in the collection of the artist, A. C. Hamlin. Published as plate 4 his book The Tourmaline (1873).
The Mineralogical Record: Augustus Choate Hamlin - Sapphire Crystal from Ceylon Sapphire Crystal from Ceylon
Watercolor on paper (1884), painted actual size from an 4-cm crystal in the collection of the artist, A. C. Hamlin. Published as the frontispiece to his book Leisure Hours Among the Gems (1891).
The Mineralogical Record: Augustus Choate Hamlin - Tourmaline Crystals from Mt. Mica, Maine Tourmaline Crystals from Mt. Mica, Maine
Watercolor on paper (ca.1895), painted actual size from crystals in the collection of the artist, A. C. Hamlin. The largest of the crystals shown measures 7.4 cm. Composited from several plates in his book The History of Mount Mica (1895). The original paintings are preserved in the Harvard Mineralogical Museum.
The Mineralogical Record: Augustus Choate Hamlin - Tourmaline Crystals from Mt. Mica, Maine Tourmaline Crystals from Mt. Mica, Maine
Watercolor on paper (ca.1895), painted actual size from crystals in the collection of the artist, A. C. Hamlin. The largest of the crystals shown measures 11.4 cm. Composited from several plates in his book The History of Mount Mica (1895). The original paintings are preserved in the Harvard Mineralogical Museum.
The Mineralogical Record: Augustus Choate Hamlin - Tourmaline Crystals from Mt. Mica, Maine Tourmaline Crystals from Mt. Mica, Maine
Watercolor on paper (ca.1895), painted actual size from crystals in the collection of the artist, A. C. Hamlin. The largest of the crystals shown measures 10.6 cm. Composited from several plates in his book The History of Mount Mica (1895). The original paintings are preserved in the Harvard Mineralogical Museum.
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