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Portrait photographs of John Howard Hill [graphic].
BANC PIC 2012.082:1--CASE ; BANC PIC 2012.082:2--F ; BANC PIC 2012.082
Collection Overview

Title:

Portrait photographs of John Howard Hill

Creator/Contributor:

Shew, William J., 1820-1903

Creator/Contributor:

Koch, John, ca. 1836-, artist.

Abstract:

Bust-length portraits believed to be of Sonoma County pioneer Dr. John Howard Hill. They were initially identified as William McPherson Hill, son of John, however the date of the daguerreotype and age of the subject rule this out. The daguerreotype is in a case and mat that date to the 1840s or 1850, and the sitter appears to be near 60 years of age. The painted photograph, circa 1870, is a solar enlargement with significant overpainting and was formerly framed. The sitter in the enlargement is almost certainly the same man pictured in the earlier daguerreotype, but he looks no older in the later portrait. Perhaps the enlargement was made from an earlier portrait dating to the 1850s, or the artist took liberties and produced a more youthful portrait. It is possible that the later portrait is of William McPherson Hill and the daguerreotype is of his father John, but the resemblance is extremely strong.

Date:

ca. 1850-ca. 1870 (issued)

Subject:

n-us-ca
Hill, John Howard -- 1792-1886 -- Portraits
Hill, William McPherson -- 1822-1897 -- Family -- Portraits
Pioneers -- California -- Sonoma County -- Portraits

Note:

Print signed near lower edge by photographer and overpainter: Wm. Shew Photo; J. Koch. Koch is known to have been an artist in Shew's photographic studio from 1868 to 1871 (cf. Palmquist, Pioneer Photographers of the Far West).
Photographer of daguerreotype unknown. Possibly taken in Pennsylvania.
Daguerreotype in leather-over-wood case with a floral motif, in an oval brass mat with no brass preserver.
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Purchase; from Mark Baker Enterprises ; 20120412.
John Howard Hill was born in Morris County, New Jersey, was a graduate of Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and served as a surgeon in the War of 1812. He arrived in California from Pennsylvania in 1854 and settled in Sonoma County. Hill was elected to the California state senate in 1860. His son, William McPherson Hill, was a California pioneer of 1849 and an early cultivator of zinfandel wine grapes in the Glen Ellen vicinity of Sonoma County.

Type:

graphic
Daguerreotypes.
Albumen prints.

Physical Description:

graphic
photoprint
1 photograph : daguerreotype ; oval visible image 7 x 6 cm (sixth plate format)
1 photographic print : albumen, with color overpainting ; oval, 77 x 64 cm

Language:

English

Identifier:

BANC PIC 2012.082:1--CASE
BANC PIC 2012.082:2--F
BANC PIC 2012.082

Origin:

California

Copyright Note:

ITEMS RESTRICTED DUE TO FRAGILITY. Use only by permission of the appropriate curator. Inquiries concerning these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.