In 1877 Hill was again refused by the Salon. He spent part of the spring at Bois-le-Roi, where he painted the fruit trees in bloom. He also produced a number of paintings after the manner of Claude Lorrain, on themes of classical tranquility, entitled “The Tree and the River”. These were followed in the autumn of 1877, by a number of works of a literary, symbolic nature, such as the painting “Sister Anna”. Hill’s working pace grew steadily more hectic that autumn, partly with the 1878 Exposition Universelle in mind; but of the eighteen works he submitted, only one was accepted.