Lucius Hitchcock was born in 1868 in West Williamsfield, Ohio. He was an illustrator and painter, focusing on figures, portraits, and natural landscapes painted primarily in oil, charcoal, and other mixed media. Hitchcock studied in Paris at the Académie Julian with Jules Lefebvre, Benjamin Constant, and Jean Paul Laurens. He moved to Buffalo in 1894 and shortly thereafter began exhibiting with the Buffalo Society of Artists. In 1895 he also began teaching at the Buffalo Art Students League and remained there until 1899. He left Buffalo in 1905, moving to New York to teach at the William Chase School.
Over the course of his career, Hitchcock exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. He exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1892 and 1893, and in 1900, he won a Silver Medal in Paris for illustration. He was also featured in the 1901 Pan-American Exposition, held in Buffalo. In 1904 he won a bronze medal for painting at the St. Louis Exposition. His work also appeared in many major publications, including Scribner’s, Woman’s Home Companion, and Harper’s Monthly.
Hitchcock was a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists, where he served as president from 1898-1900. He also became one of the early members of the Society of Illustrators and joined the Salmagundi Club in 1904 and the New Rochelle Art Association. Lucius Hitchcock died in New Rochelle, New York in 1942.