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 Alice Stewart Hill  (1850 - 1896)

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Lived/Active: Colorado      Known for: flowers, landscape, illustrator, etcher

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Flower painter Alice Stew art Hill was born in 1851 in Amboy, New York, growing up in Beaver Creek, Pennsylvania. She attended the School of Design of Cooper Union, New York, and the National Academy of Design, New York City, in 1873-1874.

When she moved to Colorado Springs in 1874, she revealed herself as a lover of the flowers of Colorado, both as an artist and someone with a certain level of botanical science.  Riding her horse Gypsy in search of flowers in the Pike's Peak area, she would return, laden with masses of plants and color.

She advertised art classes in 1874, teaching "objective drawing, watercolor, and oil painting," which she would do for a number of years in Colorado Springs, and briefly in Denver, in 1877-1878.  But her first love was the painting of Colorado flowers in oil and watercolor (occasionally in etching), and their scientific classification.  Well thought of as an artist, Hill had a large number of her works collected by Harvard University botanist Asa Gray, an expert on the flora of Colorado.

In 1891 Mentzelids and Chrysanthemums, both oils, hung at the Chain and Hardy Gallery, Denver.  Hill's paintings were used to illustrate such books as Helen Hunt Jackson's The Procession of Flowers in Colorado, 1886, which was published in a limited edition of one-hundred copies with some original watercolors by the artist in each volume.  Copies of this rare publication are in the collections of the Charles Leaming Tutt Library, Colorado College, Colorado Springs; Denver Public Library; Columbia University Library, New York; Pioneers Museum, Colorado Springs; Hunt Botanical Library, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and New York Public Library.

While exhibiting elsewhere, Hill also held exhibitions of her work in her Colorado Springs studio, generously allowing other artists to use it for exhibitions as well. Hill spent her last years at Jackson Sanitarium, a health resort in Dansville, New York, where she died January 10, 1896, at the age of only forty-four.  She was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, the final resting place of her friend Helen Hunt Jackson.

Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick, An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West

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