THOMAS HILL (1829-1908)
THOMAS HILL (1829-1908)
THOMAS HILL (1829-1908)
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THOMAS HILL (1829-1908)

Yosemite Valley

THOMAS HILL (1829-1908)
Yosemite Valley
signed and dated ‘T. Hill/1898-‘ (lower right)
oil on canvas
71 ¼ x 95 ½ in. (180.9 x 242.6 cm.)
Painted in 1898.
The artist.
Robert R. Hill, son of the above.
David Hewes, Pasadena, California, acquired from the above, circa 1909.
Estate of the above.
Albert May Todd, acquired from the above, 1917.
Gift from the above to the present owner, circa 1922.

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Lot Essay

The present work depicts a location near Inspiration Point in Yosemite National Park. The same vantage point can be seen in Thomas Hill's Great Canyon of the Sierra, Yosemite of 1871 in the collection of the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California. The Yosemite Valley became Hill's signature subject following his first trip in 1865 and the artist received critical acclaim for his paintings' truthfulness to nature. The present work features what appears to be two trappers in the foreground, dwarfed by the grandiose beauty of the valley. Another view of the Valley from a lower vantage point titled View of the Yosemite Valley of 1885 is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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