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    LAURA COOMBS HILLS (American, 1859-1952)
    Stil Life with Wild Roses, circa 1885
    Oil on canvas
    8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
    Signed lower left: Laura Hills

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    EXHIBITED:
    John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California, "Tradition: American Realism Past and Present," February 1 - March 30, 1996;
    Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc., New York, "American Beauty: The Rose in American Art (1800-1920)," May 21 - July 18, 1997, loaned by Graham Williford.

    This lot retains its original frame.

    A 1939 editorial in the Boston Herald aptly described the special qualities of Laura Coombs Hills' flower paintings: "Somehow she manages to bring dancing sunlight and vibrant atmosphere within the four walls and to soak her flowers in it." Indeed, the Massachusetts painter was one of the most sought-after flower painters of her time. The present arrangement of wild roses is a fine, characteristic example of the asymmetry she preferred as well as the subtle nuances of gesture she achieved in her flowers and the silky quality of her backgrounds. Apart from brief studies at the Cowles Art School in Boston, the Art Students League in New York, and some private courses with Helen Knowlton, she was primarily self-taught. Notably, Hills was a key artist responsible for the revival of miniature painting in America. In 1904, she was awarded a Gold Medal for her miniatures at the St. Louis Exposition, and in 1916, she earned the first Medal of Honor ever given by the Pennsylvania Society of Miniature Painters. A prolific artist, she earned a good living enabling her to maintain both a studio in Boston and a home in Newburyport, her birthplace.




    Condition Report*: Original unlined canvas on original stretchers in original Fosters Brothers frame. UV examination reveals no evidence of restoration. Paint film in fully stable condition. Framed Dimensions 13.5 X 15.5 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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