Thomas Hill

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HILL Thomas Indians Fishing In Yosemite

Sotheby's /Apr 16, 2014
10,890.08 - 14,520.11
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Thomas Hill - Yosemite Valley

Thomas Hill - Yosemite Valley

Original 1890
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Lot number: 76
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Thomas Hill (American, 1829-1908) Yosemite Valley signed and dated 'T. Hill. / 1890.' (lower left) oil on canvas 34 1/2 x 50 1/2in overall: 45 1/2 x 62 1/2in Painted in 1890 Footnotes Provenance With Wortsman Rowe Galleries, San Francisco, California. Collection of Ivan (Bill) Hart, Oakland, California. Thence by descent to the present owner. Thomas Hill immigrated to America from England in 1844 at the age of 15. He went on to become one of America's most famous 19th-century landscape painters, specializing in panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Yosemite. He also painted throughout the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park. Hill studied art in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Academy, where he aspired to become a history painter, documenting great scenes of the past in oils. However, his time studying in Europe focused him on landscape painting instead. He was particularly influenced by the French Barbizon School and the time he spent in the studio of Paul Meyerheim. Hill hit his artistic stride in California during the 1870s, beginning with his first grandiose painting, The Yosemite Valley, which was published as a chromolithograph by the popular Louis Prang Company. Hill was a founding member of the San Francisco Art Association and in 1873 he became a member of the Bohemian Club, a men's organization dedicated to cultural enhancement. His paintings continued to bring higher prices in the 1870s, and he was a wealthy man by 1878. Soon thereafter, however, the artist fell on hard times, as it did for many in San Francisco and in the art market in general. Thomas Hill struggled through the next decade, moving back and forth to paint in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and his beloved Yosemite Valley in California. During these years while he was still highly regarded as an artist, he experienced increasing financial distress. His marriage was also falling apart, which led him to spend more and more time in Yosemite. He eventually built a studio on the valley floor in 1883. This studio was destroyed in 1884 but Hill, undeterred, established a three room studio in Wawona, just outside the valley, two years later where he continued to work for over a decade. In this auction's painting, Yosemite Valley , we see Hill at the height of his artistic maturity. This work, painted in 1890, explores the grandeur of Yosemite through parallels and contrast. The painting is centered on a small group of Native Americans and their dog in the foreground. Hill uses a small plume of smoke from their campfire moving up and to the left as a parallel with the torrent of water pouring over Bridal Veil Fall, the windblown water casting diagonally down and to the right. The awesome sheer walls of the valley with their immense scale, El Capitan on the left rising to 3,000 feet in the sky, is rendered accessible by Hill's use of the human scale in the foreground. Half Dome is in the distance directly above the figures and is delicately rendered with the peaks around it echoing the figural group in the center. Hill masterfully pulls the eyes upward by depicting clouds against the rocks while the blue sky is visible as an echo of the form of the valley itself. The trees creep to the edge of the blue gray granite walls on both sides of the painting. Yosemite Valley is an eloquent expression of Hill's consummate skill and love of this spectacular location. It is no wonder that Thomas Hill influenced generations of painters, photographers and enthusiasts to follow.
Thomas Hill - Yosemite

Thomas Hill - Yosemite

Original 1889
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Lot number: 94
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Thomas Hill 1829 - 1908 YOSEMITE signed T. Hill and dated 1889 (lower right) oil on canvas 38 3/8 by 29 7/8 inches (97.8 by 73.7 cm) Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Provenance Private Collection, London Canvas is lined. SURFACE: in good condition, overall; scattered craquelure--work is painted with thick impasto; a few small losses along lower edge UNDER ULTRA VIOLET: no apparent inpainting In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
Thomas Hill - The Cascades, Yosemite

Thomas Hill - The Cascades, Yosemite

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Lot number: 19
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Thomas Hill (American, 1829-1908) The Cascades, Yosemite signed 'T. Hill' (lower right) oil on canvas 21 x 14in overall: 26 x 19in Footnotes Provenance With Maxwell Galleries, San Francisco, California. Private collection, San Francisco, California. The Merced Gorge is below the Yosemite Valley. The largest waterfall is the Cascades at the elbow bend of the gorge, which is formed by the joint waters of Cascade Creek and Tamarack Creek. The falls are irregular and broken in their descent. They have a total height of about 500 feet.
Thomas Hill - Indians Fishing In Yosemite

Thomas Hill - Indians Fishing In Yosemite

Original 1900
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Lot number: 127
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Robert Kral (sold: Sotheby's, New York, December 5, 1985, lot 80) Acquired from the above sale by the present owner 127 Thomas Hill 1829 - 1908 INDIANS FISHING IN YOSEMITE signed T. Hill and dated 1900 (lower right) oil on canvas 30 by 45 inches (76.2 by 114.3 cm) Estimate 15,000 - 20,000 USD Print The painting has been cut down, is lined and has reinforced tacking edges Condition Report by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.: This work has been lined onto Mylar with a synthetic adhesive. The tacking edges are reinforced with a thin gauze like fabric. Although the support is slightly unusual aesthetically, it is adequate and appropriate in many ways. The retouches that have been added are used to reduce pentimenti, changes by the artist that have reappeared over time. It seems Hill himself changed the composition of some of the rock formations, and retouches were applied to clarify the image when this became more evident. Retouches are clearly visible in the upper right and in the valley in the center. However, the amount of retouching is probably misleading. It is doubtful that there is any actual paint loss, and while the restoration is not entirely cosmetic, it is likely greatly exaggerated. The only actual damages seem to be a vertical scratch and possible break in the canvas in the lower right that runs about 4-5 inches, and another in the lower left beneath the figures, which also runs about 4-5 inches. It is recommended that the retouching be re-examined, since it is probably exaggerated and misleading.
Thomas Hill - Mountainous Landscape

Thomas Hill - Mountainous Landscape

Original 1866
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Lot number: 50
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Description: Thomas Hill American, 1829-1908 Mountainous Landscape , 1866 Signed T. Hill and dated 1866 (ll) Oil on canvas 12 x 18 1/4 inches Provenance: Irvin Brenner Galleries, LTD, New York In 1855, while a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Design, Thomas Hill to ventured to the White Mountains of New Hampshire paint in the company of artists such as Benjamin Champney. After a frustrating sojourn in Massachusetts, where he found little professional opportunity, in 1861 Hill moved his family to California. In 1866, he traveled to the East Coast and then on to Europe, and exhibited a California subject at the National Academy of Design. For many years, his peripatetic career took him back and forth between coasts. Thus, the location of this mountainous scene has not been identified. C Estate of Sylvia Rubin Glue relined. Scattered craquelure throughout. Frame rubbing, with corresponding inpaint. 3/4 inch diameter irregularly shaped area of inpaint in the mountain at the center left, 1/4 inch diameter area of inpaint in the trees at the far left center. Inpaint in the water and the rocks in the lower register. Some scattered touches of inpaint in the sky, mostly from frame rubbing. There is no further restoration visible under UV light.
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