How you can use this image
This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised. Any other type of use will need to be cleared with the rights holder(s).
Review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath the image, as these indicate who manages the copyright (©) within the artwork, and the photographic rights within the image.
The collection that owns the artwork may have more information on their own website about permitted uses and image licensing options.
Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.
Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.
John Hilton (1904–1983) was well known for desert landscapes. He painted this Californian landscape for the donor, Louise Taylor-Hansen, who once lived near the area depicted. The complete label for this painting reads: ‘Looking down an old pioneer trail of the “Fortyniners” going to California, who had cut across Nevada and were about to drop into the Coachella Valley. In the distance ahead is the location of what is today Palm Springs, California.’ ‘Fortyniners’ was the nickname given to people who moved to California during the 1848 and 1849 gold rush hoping to make their fortunes there. Those who took the route overland from the east came across the mountains and along the path depicted in this painting.
The Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford
oil on wood
H 24.5 x W 32.1 cm
gift from Louise Taylor-Hansen, 1967