Harold Lukens Doolittle was born in Pasadena, California on May 4, 1883. An etcher, furniture maker and civil engineer, he studied at Cornell University and Throop Polytechnic Institute. Doolittle worked for many years as chief design engineer for the Southern California Edison Company. He was a bit of a Renaissance man, working in all the graphic processes including photography and collotype, but he is most noted for his aquatints. Doolittle built his own press, mezzotint rocker and preferred to make his own linen paper.