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Artist Biography

 Born in Birmingham, England Thomas and his parents immigrated to the United States and settled in Taunton, Massachusetts in 1841. He apprenticed a stagecoach painter and quickly showed great aptitude. He started his career as a furniture painter and interior designer. Examples of Hills craftsmanship are on hand at the Historic Society of Concord, New Hampshire. In 1853, he attended classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and then worked in Boston and San Francisco where he established his most famous works of majestic landscapes of California.

Yosemite became an inspiration to Hill and over the years he would return to California. Hill studied in Paris in 1866 and 1867. Because of his health Hill moved back to California where he organized the San Francisco Arts Association. Although Hill concentrated on Yosemite landscapes while living in California. He painted Yellowstone National Park, the Rocky Mountains and scenes in Alaska while he traveled. Basically self-taught he exhibited and received awards in many places. The National Academy of Design, NY; 1866, The Art Union, San Francisco, 1865; Centennial Exp. in Philadelphia, 1876; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. These exhibitions provided exposure of his work. Before Hills series of strokes in 1896 he had received 31 awards and created a strong group of collectors. By, 1905 he became inactive and died in Raymond, California in 1908.