John William Hill
Early in his career, John William Hill was a topographical artist, employed by the New
York State Geological Survey and a New York City firm to draw views of many American
cities. In later life he turned to "naturalism" and worked almost exclusively as
a landscape painter. He also created some flower and bird studies.
Hill's drawings of birds for De Kay's Zoology of New York State were
significant in that they represented the first time hand-colored lithographs were used to
illustrate a state bird book.