Thomas Hill

Thomas Hill


Nationality: American

Birth Place: Birmingham (West Midlands, England, United Kingdom)

After emigrating from England to Massachusetts as a teen, Thomas Hill studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Design and painted alongside members of the Hudson River School, notably in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In 1856 Hill and his family moved to San Francisco, and he became quickly revered as the premiere painter of the California landscape, particularly the Yosemite Valley, which he imaged for decades. In 1886 Hill agreed to assume the interim directorship of the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, a post that ultimately proved unwieldy and unfulfilling. When his friend the naturalist John Muir commissioned him to paint Muir Glacier in Alaska the following year, Hill jumped at the opportunity, eager to leave behind his institutional job and unhappy marriage for outdoor adventure. Together the men embarked on a cruise to Alaska, which introduced Hill along the way to new landscapes in the Pacific Northwest and Canada.


Thomas Hill Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
THOMAS HILL (British/American, 1829-1908) Fishing in the Yosemite Valley, 1891 Oil on canvas 36-1/2 x 53-1/2 inches (
THOMAS HILL (British/American, 1829-1908)Fishing in the Yosemite Valley, 1891Oil on canvas36-1/2 x 53-1/2 inches (...
Lot 76041
Auction 5116
Saturday, November 10, 2012
THOMAS HILL (British/American, 1829-1908) Yosemite, 1896 Oil on canvas 37 x 54 inches (94.0 x 137.2 cm) Signed and d
THOMAS HILL (British/American, 1829-1908)Yosemite, 1896Oil on canvas37 x 54 inches (94.0 x 137.2 cm)Signed and d...
Lot 76043
Auction 5116
Saturday, November 10, 2012
THOMAS HILL (American, 1829-1908) Yosemite, 1889 Oil on canvas 24 x 16 inches (61.0 x 40.6 cm) Signed and dated lowe
THOMAS HILL (American, 1829-1908)Yosemite, 1889Oil on canvas24 x 16 inches (61.0 x 40.6 cm)Signed and dated lowe...
Lot 70003
Auction 5148
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Thomas Hill (American, 1829-1908) Yosemite, 1892 Oil on canvas 24 x 20 inches (61.0 x 50.8 cm) Signed and dated lowe
Thomas Hill (American, 1829-1908)Yosemite, 1892Oil on canvas24 x 20 inches (61.0 x 50.8 cm)Signed and dated lowe...
Lot 68024
Auction 5286
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Thomas Hill (American, 1829-1908) Yosemite Oil on canvas 30 x 45-1/2 inches (76.2 x 115.6 cm) Signed lower left: T
Thomas Hill (American, 1829-1908)YosemiteOil on canvas30 x 45-1/2 inches (76.2 x 115.6 cm)Signed lower left: T...
Lot 68059
Auction 5251
Saturday, May 7, 2016

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