George Snow Hill

American, 1898 - 1969


George Snow Hill was born in Munsining, MI in 1898. Hill studied naval engineering and architecture at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA from 1917-18 and ultimately received his Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse, University in Syracuse, NY in 1923. He was awarded a fellowship for foreign study and went to Paris to study at the Acadamie Colarossi and the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere. He maintained his own studio in Paris during this time and painted and traveled throughout Europe. He exhibited regularly at the Salon des Artistes Francaise from 1923-1929 and had a one-man exhibition at Simonson Galleries in Paris in 1924. Also, in 1924, he was invited to exhibit a painting at the Royal Academy in London, England. He returned to the United States in 1929 and lived in New York City where he worked as a portrait painter. In 1932, he set up a studio in St. Petersburg, FL. Hill became known as one of the most-important muralists in Florida, which such commissions as the Pinellas County Courthouse/Clearwater Municipal Auditorium, Clearwater, FL, 1934, the Coast Guard Station in St. Petersburg, FL, 1937, Janus Administration Building of the Tampa, FL airport, 1938, U.S. Post Office murals in Perry, FL, 1940 and Milton, FL, 1941. He was also commissioned to do the murals for the Florida buildings at the Century of Progress Exhibition in Chicago, IL in 1933 and the New York World’s Fair in 1939. Hill exhibited at Ferargil Galleries in New York, NY in 1927 and 1929, the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, Syracuse, NY, 1927-32, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY, 1928, among others. In 1946, he founded the Hill School of Art in St. Petersburg, FL.

Hill’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Wolfsonian Institute in Miami, FL, , the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA, the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, Syracuse, NY and the J.B. Speed Museum of Art, Louisville, KY. Hill died in St. Petersburg, FL in 1969.

  • 5005 hill 5005

    Golfing, ca. 1935
    Oil on canvas, in artist’s original frame
    32 x 25 1/2 inches

    Signed George S. Hill lower right; inscribed St. Petersburg on stretcher.

    #5005
  • Hill 4063

    Mural Study, Beach Club, ca. 1934
    Watercolor, colored pencil and graphite on paper, in artist's original frame
    5 3/4 x 15 1/2 inches

    Signed George S. Hill lower right; signed and titled on reverse.

    #4063
  • Hill 4635

    Mural Study (Pirates Boarding Party), ca. 1937
    Casein on Masonite
    5 1/2 x 18 inches

    Signed George Hill lower right.

    #4635
  • 4639 hill 4639

    Mural Study, U.S. Coast Guard Station, St. Peterburg, Florida, ca. 1937
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    5 x 15 3/4 inches
    #4639
  • 4640 hill 4640

    Mural Study, U.S. Coast Guard Station, St. Peterburg, Florida, ca. 1937
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    5 x 15 3/4 inches
    #4640
  • 4642 hill 4642

    Mural Study, U.S. Coast Guard Station, St. Peterburg, Florida, ca. 1937
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    5 x 15 3/4 inches
    #4642
  • 4641 hill 4641

    Mural Study, United States Coast Guard Station, St. Peterburg, Florida, ca. 1937
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    7 x 16 inches
    #4641
  • 4646 hill 4646

    Mural Study (Aviator), ca. 1937
    Graphite on paper
    5 1/4 x 5 inches
    #4646
  • 4657 hill 4657

    Mural Study (Florida Tourists), ca. 1934
    Graphite on paper
    9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #4657
  • 4659 hill 4659

    Mural Study (Beach Scene), ca. 1934
    Graphite on paper
    6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
    #4659
  • 4685 hill 4685

    Church Rows
    Graphite on paper
    9 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped and titled on reverse.

    #4685
  • Hill 8423

    Untitled (View of Central Park, New York), ca. 1930
    Oil on canvas
    15 x 18 inches

    Signed George Hill on stretcher on reverse.

    #8423

George Snow Hill was born in Munsining, MI in 1898. Hill studied naval engineering and architecture at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA from 1917-18 and ultimately received his Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse, University in Syracuse, NY in 1923. He was awarded a fellowship for foreign study and went to Paris to study at the Acadamie Colarossi and the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere. He maintained his own studio in Paris during this time and painted and traveled throughout Europe. He exhibited regularly at the Salon des Artistes Francaise from 1923-1929 and had a one-man exhibition at Simonson Galleries in Paris in 1924. Also, in 1924, he was invited to exhibit a painting at the Royal Academy in London, England. He returned to the United States in 1929 and lived in New York City where he worked as a portrait painter. In 1932, he set up a studio in St. Petersburg, FL. Hill became known as one of the most-important muralists in Florida, which such commissions as the Pinellas County Courthouse/Clearwater Municipal Auditorium, Clearwater, FL, 1934, the Coast Guard Station in St. Petersburg, FL, 1937, Janus Administration Building of the Tampa, FL airport, 1938, U.S. Post Office murals in Perry, FL, 1940 and Milton, FL, 1941. He was also commissioned to do the murals for the Florida buildings at the Century of Progress Exhibition in Chicago, IL in 1933 and the New York World’s Fair in 1939. Hill exhibited at Ferargil Galleries in New York, NY in 1927 and 1929, the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, Syracuse, NY, 1927-32, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY, 1928, among others. In 1946, he founded the Hill School of Art in St. Petersburg, FL.

Hill’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Wolfsonian Institute in Miami, FL, , the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA, the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, Syracuse, NY and the J.B. Speed Museum of Art, Louisville, KY. Hill died in St. Petersburg, FL in 1969.

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