J.H. Hill (1839-1922)
Oil on paper laid down on board
John Henry Hill was a distinguished landscape painter and engraver of the American Pre-Raphaelite tradition. From a family of artists, he studied with his father, John William hill (1812-1879), as a watercolorist. A lifelong resident 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 with small and drier brushstrokes, he created the differing textures of trees, water and rocks in nature. Typical subject matter included lakes and mountains in New Hampshire and New York, although Hill painted on both coasts. He was a major still life artist of the 1860s.
John Henry Hill is recognized as Co-founder of the Society for the Advancement of Truth in Art. He was the author and illustrator of An Artist’s Memorial, with etchings after his father’s paintings (1888), and of Sketches from Nature.
Hill exhibited in New York City and Philadelphia in the late 1850s. He exhibited at the Boston Art Club in 1882-1889.
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