Edward Hill

Artist Biography

Though lesser-known than his brother Thomas, Edward Hill was a talented landscape painter of New Hampshire scenery in the Hudson River School tradition. Born in England in 1843, he was raised in Massachusetts. Like many artists, Hill began his painting career in commercial art when he took a job as a decorative painter at Heywood-Wakefield Company in Gardner, Massachusetts. In 1864 he moved with his wife to Nashua, New Hampshire and later bought land and built a home in Lancaster, New Hampshire. Hill traveled quite extensively, including to North Carolina in 1879, to England and Italy in the 1880s, as well as to the western United States: he shared a studio with his brother in San Francisco, visited Colorado later in life, and eventually died in Oregon in 1923. His panoramic views were influenced by his friendship with New Hampshire photographer Benjamin West Kilburn, and many of Hill’s paintings are related to Kilburn’s stereographic views printed between 1867 and 1909. Hill exhibited at the Boston Art Club, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and San Francisco Art Association. Today his work is in the collections of the Denver Art Museum, Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, and New Hampshire Historical Society.

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