William Hayes Hilton
(1829 - 1909)
William Hayes Hilton was active/lived in California, Texas. William Hilton is known for Gold Rush era and southwest scene sketches.
Biography William Hayes Hilton
Born in New York City, William Hayes Hilton became an amateur painter and sketch artist of frontier life, and at various times in his life was also a rancher, stockbroker, cattle drover, miner and soldier. His depictions of frontier genre including stage coaches, Indians,
resort scenes in the Lake Country are important historical accounts of
early California as well as Arizona, where the Maricopa Indians were
among his subjects.
He lived in Texas and then, having served in the Mexican War in Texas, he joined the Gold Rush to California in 1849. He mined on the Feather River and made sketches of mining camp activity of the Mother Lode area. He also did some oil paintings, and at least one of them was destr
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