Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum | Licence: No known copyright restrictions
Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum | Licence: No known copyright restrictions

West Nyack, New York

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This tour-de-force watercolor depicts the artist's home and studio, where a circle of friends met regularly to discuss the writings of John Ruskin and plan the formation of the American Pre-Raphaelites. With delicately stippled brushwork, John William Hill articulated every botanical detail in accordance with the Ruskinian belief that God is manifest in nature's tiniest forms. This humble rural scene also alludes to the biblical passage from Christ's "Sermon on the Mount": "Consider the lilies of the field. . . . And yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."

Descriptive medium: Watercolor with traces of opaque watercolor over graphite pencil on medium weight, slightly textured wove paper

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Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum

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West Nyack, New York, USA

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