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"Yosemite Valley" 1883

$ 85,000
  • Description
    Thomas Hill (1829-1908)

    Thomas Hill was born in Birmingham, England on September 11, 1829. After coming to the U.S. in 1844, he settled with his family in Taunton, Massachusetts and worked in Boston as a carriage painter. His art studies begun at the Pennsylvania Academy under Peter Rothermel. During the 1850s Hill painted in Massachusetts and often in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with a group of artists that included Asher Durand, George Inness, Benjamin Champney, Albert Bierstadt, Virgil Williams, and his brother, Edward Hill.

    For health reasons he sought a milder climate and, with wife and children, made the overland trek to San Francisco in 1861. After establishing a home and studio, he advertised as a portrait painter. The next year he made his first trip to Yosemite accompanied by William Keith and Virgil Williams. In 1866 Thomas Hill exhibited Yosemite scenes at the National Academy and then sailed to Paris where he was a pupil of Paul Meyerheim and exhibited at the Universal Exposition.

    Returning to the U.S., he stayed in Boston during 1868-70 and then returned to San Francisco to help organize the San Francisco Art Association. His marriage was not a happy one. While his wife lived in the family home in Oakland, Hill built a studio in Yosemite in 1883, and for his remaining years the park was his home except during winters when he lived nearby in Raymond or at his studio in San Francisco.

    When Virgil Williams died in 1886, Hill was briefly the director of the School of Design. During the 1870s and 1880s his works were in demand and brought high prices. By the 1890s his epic landscapes were considered old-fashioned and for half a century or more his work was in eclipse. Today his work has regained its proper stature and he is considered a giant in American art. Although he painted over 5,000 paintings of Yosemite, he had many strokes after 1896 which hampered his painting. His death on June 30, 1908 in Raymond, CA is believed to have been a suicide.

    Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California 1786-1940"

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    Oil on canvas
    28 Inches x 36 Inches

    Framed Size: 38½ Inches x 46½ Inches
    Price: $85,000

    Private collection, Northern California
    Collection of Robert Reinhart, Newport Beach, CA.

    Additional Information
    Conservation by Fine Art Conservation Laboratories (F.A.C.L.), Santa Barbara, CA. Please note that this painting has received conservation treatment and the painting has been lined after these photos were taken. Updated photos to follow.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: United States
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Oil on canvas.
    Creation Date: 1883
    Styles / Movements: Western, Hudson River School
    Incollect Reference #: 123438
  • Dimensions
    W. 36 in; H. 28 in;
    W. 91.44 cm; H. 71.12 cm;
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