Abby Williams Hill and the Lure of the West, by Ronald Fields - Washington State Historical Society
Washington State Historical Society

Abby Williams Hill and the Lure of the West, by Ronald Fields

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Abby Williams Hill and the Lure of the West, by Ronald Fields

"In 1889, when Washington became the forty-second state in the union, Abby Williams Hill and her husband, Dr. Frank Hill, arrived in Tacoma, Washington, in response to advertisements acclaiming the magnificence of the Northwest mountain scenery.  During the following years, Abby Hill produced dozens of landscape paintings which were, in turn, exhibited to extol the beauty of the Northwest environment.  By special arrangements, Hill was able to keep almost all her commissioned work.  Consequently, she may be the only railway artist whose professional work is virtually intact, and the Hill Collection may well be the only one of its kind in the Northwest." 


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