In this work by John Henry Hill, the son of the prominent American Pre-Rraphaelite painter John William Hill, the slender shape and azure color of the uncommon gentian wildflower is contrasted with the brilliant red leaves of the Virginia creeper beside it. Both plants are shown growing against a background of dry brown grasses—a characteristically Ruskinian presentation that departed from traditional indoor still-life arrangements.
- Artist: John Henry Hill, American, 1839-1922
- Medium: Watercolor with graphite pencil underdrawing on paper
- Dates: ca. 1867
- Dimensions: 10 1/8 x 7 1/8 in. (25.7 x 18.1 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right corner in dark watercolor pigment: "J. H. Hill"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1996.90.1
- Credit Line: Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: John Henry Hill (American, 1839-1922). Fringed Gentians, ca. 1867. Watercolor with graphite pencil underdrawing on paper, 10 1/8 x 7 1/8 in. (25.7 x 18.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg, 1996.90.1
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)