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 William Henry (Harry) Hilliard  (1836 - 1905)



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Lived/Active: Indiana/New York/District Of Columbia      Known for: New England landscape, marine and floral still life painting

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BIOGRAPHY for William Hilliard
1836 (Auburn, New York)
1905 (Washington District Of Columbia)

Indiana/New York/District Of Columbia

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William Henry Hilliard, born in Auburn, New York, in 1836, was a painter of realistic, tonal landscapes related to the Hudson River School.  He studied in New York City prior to painting in England and Scotland, and then studied with Emile Lambinet in Paris, France.  Until 1878, he was based in New York City, but moved to Boston, Massachusetts. 

Though he did paint in the West before traveling to Europe to study, he later became known for his New England landscapes, views of Maine, the Atlantic Coast, White Mountains and Franconia Mountains.  An article in the San Francisco Call in July 1892 noted that he was in California to sketch and paint Yosemite.

Some paintings include the popular Battle-Field of Lookout Mountain and Allatoona Pass, Georgia.  He also painted a portrait of President James A. Garfield, and the tomb of John Howard Payne, author of Home, Sweet Home.

Hilliard exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York City from 1876 to 1888, and the Brooklyn Art Association, in New York, as well as many other national venues, winning prizes and medals.

His last known address was Baltimore, Maryland.  William Henry Hilliard died in Washington, D.C. in April 1905.

An oil painting by Hilliard, Boy Fishing from Shore, was auctioned in 2003 from the estate of Felix De Welden, the Newport, Rhode Island sculptor of the Iwo Jima Memorials in Washington D.C.

Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940

Biography from Roger King Fine Art:
Born in Auburn, New York, William Hilliard studied in New York and Boston.  He made some of the first paintings in the White Mountains, including paintings of Mount Washington and the Old Man of the Mountains.  He also painted the Franconia Mountains and along the Maine Coast.

During the 1860s-70s, Hilliard painted in Indiana where he lived in Madison, and later also in Indianapolis.  He then went east, exhibiting at the Boston Art Club, and in New York at The Brooklyn Academy and the National Academy of Design.  He won  several awards and prizes.

Hilliard made several study trips to Europe, studying in Paris with Emile Lambinet and others, and exhibiting at the Royal Academy in London in 1880 and at the Paris Salons of 1882 and 1884.

By 1888 he had moved once again, this time to Washington D.C., but he returned to the American West to paint, including a sketching trip to Yosemite in 1892. 

Known for his New England landscapes and coastal scenes, he also painted portraits and floral subjects, but his best known work was a painting entitled The Flight above the Clouds, which earned some renown when it was sold during his lifetime for ten thousand dollars.

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