Hamilton Hamilton (1847–1928)
The father of the noted post-impressionist painter Helen Hamilton, Hamilton Hamilton was one of the greatest painters of America’s Western frontier. Born in Oxford England, Hamilton was largely self-taught. He worked as an illustrator and portraitist, but he was best-known for his landscape paintings of Colorado and the American West. In 1873, he embarked on a sketching expedition to Colorado, returning with forty-seven paintings created in a daring, impressionist style. The series helped to establish Hamilton’s reputation when it was selected for the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876. He was made a full member of the National Academy of Design in 1889 and went on to found the important Silvermine Guild of Artists in Connecticut. His paintings are now held in the collections of the National Academy of Design Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Lowe Art Museum, and the Columbus Museum of Art.