Pastel portrait on canvas of James J. Hill. Frederick William Wright.
Pastel portrait on canvas of James J. Hill

Pastel portrait on canvas of James J. Hill

N.p. [Crawfordsville, Indiana?]: 1918. Signed along the lower right. 35¼" x 27", in a gilded frame approx. 43½" x 35½". Fine condition. Frederick William Wright (American, 1880-1933) is a well listed American painter best known for his highly realistic portraits. His subject in this case is James Jerome Hill (1838-1916), railroad tycoon, and philanthropist known as the Empire Builder. The picture was done posthumously from a photograph and commissioned by Hill's daughter, Mary Hill, in 1918. It was donated to the Hill Library in 1927 and hung in the head librarian's office. Provenance: Collection of the (now defunct) James J. Hill Reference Library. Item #60371

Price: $3,500.00

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