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Fringed Gentians

John Henry Hill

American Art

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.
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"
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.90.1_SL3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1996.90.1_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2018
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