Tristram Hillier regularly sought inspiration in Spain and Portugal

This section features five paintings of Spain and Portugal created between 1947-62 – click through the gallery below to explore

Hillier first visited Spain in 1935 and after the war he returned there, and to Portugal, as often as he could. He was powerfully affected by their landscapes, architecture and way of life.

He made preparatory sketches and took photographs during his long summer visits. Then he worked at home in Somerset to complete his paintings. Hillier’s intensely-observed style demanded meticulous focus and care. 

He had a strict daily routine in the studio and disliked being disturbed by friends or family. A life of creative solitude was underpinned by his Catholic faith and an almost spiritual devotion to painting.