Thomas Hill, English, 1829-1908
Born: Birmingham, England
Work Locations: San Francisco, CA
United States
Oil paint on canvas
Funds from Henry Roath

Thomas Hill, Yosemite, 1865. Oil paint on canvas; 30 x 44 in. Denver Art Museum: Funds from Henry Roath, 2019.539.

This object is currently on view
height: 30 in, 76.2 cm; width: 44 in, 111.76 cm
Petrie Institute of Western American Art
Petrie Institute of Western American Art

Born in Birmingham, England, Thomas Hill moved to Massachusetts in 1844 and then to California in 1861. This painting, one of his earliest of Yosemite, depicts the Merced River and Half Dome. Artworks such as this helped inspire the first piece of conservation legislation: in 1864, during the Civil War, President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant, which set aside the area for public recreation and enjoyment.

Nacido en Birmingham, Inglaterra, Thomas Hill se mudó a Massachusetts en 1844 y después a California en 1861. Esta pintura, una de las primeras que pintó de Yosemite, muestra el río Merced y la formación rocosa llamada Half Dome. Obras como esta inspiraron la primera ley conservacionista: en 1864, durante la Guerra Civil, el presidente Lincoln firmó la Cesión de Yosemite, que reservaba el área para recreación y disfrute público.

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