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 John Henry Hill  (1839 - 1922)

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: mountain landscape, still life, etcher

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BIOGRAPHY for John Hill
1839 (West Nyack, New York)

New York/California

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biography is by Doug Nelson, White Mountain Art Collector from Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

John Henry Hill was a distinguished landscape painter of the American
Pre-Raphaelite tradition.  From a family of artists, he followed his father, John William Hill in his passion as a watercolorist.  The elder Hill, himself the son of the English engraver John Hill, was among the founders of the American Watercolor Society.

A life-long resident (1839-1922) of West Nyack, New York, John Henry Hill was
influenced by John Ruskin and David Johnson in their realistic examinations of nature. Using a brushwork technique that called for small and drier brushstrokes, he created the differing textures of trees, water and rocks in nature.  John Henry painted primarily in the geography and time frame defined by the White Mountain and Hudson River Schools.

Typical subject matter included lakes and mountains in New Hampshire and New York, although Hill painted on both coasts. William Trost Richards, John La Farge and Samuel Colman were friends and contemporaries.

John Henry Hill is recognized as Co-Founder of the Society for the Advancement of Truth in Art.

Sources include:
"Masters of Color & Light" by Barbara Dayer Gallati, the Brooklyn Museum of Art

"New Hampshire Scenery" by Catherine Campbell

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
In 1868, John Henry Hill made a trip to the West as part of the Clarence King survey expedition, and on this trip he did sketches of Idaho, Nevada, Yosemite, and northern California.  After about two years, he returned to New York where he had a studio on an island in Lake George.  There he developed his western sketches into large oils.

His diary and many of his paintings are in the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York.

Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940

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