Yosemite Valley, California. N.p., n.d. Oil on canvas, framed. Signed T. Hill in the lower right corner. A view up the valley with the Merced River in the foreground and El Capitan in the background. Late nineteenth century, 49 x 32 cm (19 1/4 x 12 1/2 inches). Thomas Hill, born in Birmingham England in 1829, moved with his family to Taunton, Massachusetts, in 1844. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under Peter F. Rothermel. He began his painting career as a New England painter along with a group of artists/friends that included Asher B. Durand, George Inness, Benjamin Champney, and Albert Bierstadt. He moved to California in 1861 for health reasons and painted in Yosemite for the first time in 1862. From 1868 to 1870 Hill resided in Boston. He returned to Yosemite to live and paint until his death in 1908. Minor stains to canvas mat at bottom below image. Provenance: John Howell -- Books, later Eldon Grupp. (#165136).