Departing from the traditional still-life arrangement of fruit on a tabletop in an interior, Hill places two exotic pineapples, somewhat incongruously, in a natural bower of mosses, ferns, and grasses. His unusual subject and his technique both reflect the manner of William Henry Hunt, John Ruskin’s favorite English watercolor still-life specialist. Tiny stippled brushstrokes, often in unmixed colors, meticulously define each object, producing a vividly realized tapestry of brilliant hues and varied textures.
- Artist: John William Hill, American, 1812-1879
- Medium: Watercolor on paper
- Dates: ca. 1864
- Dimensions: 10 1/2 x 15 1/8 in. (26.7 x 38.4 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right: "J.W. Hill"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 84.149
- Credit Line: Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: John William Hill (American, 1812-1879). Pineapples, ca. 1864. Watercolor on paper, 10 1/2 x 15 1/8 in. (26.7 x 38.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg, 84.149
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)