The Quiet Wave

Derek Hill (Southampton 1916 - London 2000)
National Trust Inventory Number 769798

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1976
Materials Oil on board
Measurements 220 x 390 mm
Place of origin Ireland
Collection Mottisfont, Hampshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at Mottisfont, Hampshire, London and South East, National Trust

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.

Summary description

Oil painting on board, The Quiet Wave by Derek Hill (Southampton 1916 - London 2000), 1976.


Presented by Derek Hill (1916 - 2000) through The National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund), 1996

Credit line

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

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Collection Mottisfont, Hampshire (Accredited Museum) (2342)
Periods 20th century (181502)
Maker Derek Hill (Southampton 1916 - London 2000) (26)
Subjects Seascape (208)
Object Type Oil painting (14417)

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