Untitled (Probably Upper Twin Lake Near Leadville, Colorado)
Hamilton Hamilton (1847–1928, English-American)
oil on canvas
18 x 30 inches
Hamilton Hamilton was born in 1847 in Oxford, England. He moved to the Eastern United States near Buffalo, New York with his family as a child. During his lifetime he traveled and painted in Paris and the West. Although he was largely self-taught he did receive some instruction from noted English artist and art critic John Ruskin, whose writings are credited with influencing the founding of the Arts & Crafts movement. He eventually settled in Connecticut where he lived until his death in 1928. Hamilton was primarily a landscape artist and is associated with Colorado because he made several trips to Colorado to paint. He first visited in 1873 and met Helen Henderson Chain at her summer camp on the Arkansas River. He completed 47 paintings on this 1873 trip and they were exhibited at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Hamilton gained notoriety for his landscape paintings and was a member of the National Academy of Design, honorary member of the Denver Artists’ Club and a founder of the Connecticut Silvermine Guild of Artists.
Not currently on view
Signed "Hamilton Hamilton 1875" lower right corner
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art; Purchase made possible by a grant from Chambers Family Fund