Lake Como from Mrs Heinz's Villa
||Oil on canvas
||180 x 440 mm
|Place of origin
Derek Hill was best known in Britain as a portrait painter, but is now more famous for the wild landscapes produced in his adopted home of Ireland.
He started off studying stage design in Munich, Paris and Vienna (1933-5), and for a time worked under Karl Schwitters. By 1938 he had abandoned the idea of stage design and began to paint. He painted the portraits of a huge cast of characters, including Bernard Berenson, Lord Mountbatten, Isaiah Berlin, John Betjeman, and Noël Coward, amongst many others. Hill's landscapes, by contrast, are lonely and seldom peopled.
As a director of the British School in Rome in the 1950s, Hill nourished such talent as Michael Andrews, John Bratby and Anthony Fry. His own art collection was very fine with great examples of the misty Thames landscape and early abstract paintings of his friend, Victor Pasmore.
Oil painting on canvas, Lake Como from Mrs Heinz's Villa by Derek Hill (Southampton 1916 - London 2000), 1993.
Presented by Derek Hill (1916 - 2000) through The National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund), 1996
Mottisfont Abbey,The Derek Hill Collection (presented to the National Trust through the National Art-Collections Fund in 1996)
Makers and roles
Derek Hill (Southampton 1916 - London 2000), artist