The son of a Judge, he was educated at King's College School and read history at Balliol College, Oxford. He began training as an architect, but this was interrupted by the Great War, after which he trained as a solicitor, qualifying in 1923. He was immediately appointed Assistant Manager of the UK Chamber of Shipping, becoming Deputy in 1938 and General Manager from 1941 until 1950. From 1933 he began painting, studying art in both London and St Ives, and exhibited at a number of leading art societies.
He also designed a poster of Polperro for the Great Western Railway Company. A devout Catholic, he and his wife, Megan Rhys, painted the panels of Christ and the Twelve Apostles and the four Doctors of the Church which used to hang on the front of the organ loft at St Ives RC Church. In the 1950s he exhibited at St Ives Show Days from the Piazza Studios. When he died he had just completed a new translation of the Greek poet Sappho being printed by Guido MORRIS; he passed away the night before the advance copy was delivered.
Painter of landscapes and marine subjects; designer and scholar
works and access
Works include: Continental church; The Depth Charge (1941) and GWR poster Polperro
He and his wife painted the panels of Christ and the Twelve Apostles and the four Doctors of the Church which used to hang on the front of the organ loft at St Ives RC Church
Arlington Galleries (108) 1933 onwards
RA (2) 1941
STISA 1945, Winter 1947 and 1951 Festival of Britain Touring Shows
Society Marine Artists 1949 (two works painted on board SS Himalaya)
NEA; RBA; ROI
Society of Marine Artists
misc further info
The current owner of the panels written about above has been in contact to ask if there is any further information about Philip M Hill? If anyone else knew him or his wife Megan and would like to share further detail, we would be happy to hear from you.
Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p330)
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
Tovey (2000) GF Bradshaw & STISA (Appendix 3: Principal Members of STISA 1927-1960);
(2003) Creating a Splash;
(2009) St Ives: Social History