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William Trost Richards  American  1833 -1905
Born: Philadelphia Pennsylvania  
Died: Newport Rhode Island  
Active: Philadelphia Pennsylvania  
Europe   1853-1856, 1866-1867
Germantown Pennsylvania  
Newport Rhode Island  1870s-1905
Addresses:  Philadelphia Pennsylvania   
 Newport Rhode Island  from 1890 
Studied: Philadelphia 1850
Florence 1853-1856
Rome 1853-1856
Paris 1853-1856
Instructors: Paul Weber 1850
William Stanley Haseltine 
Exhibited: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1852-1905
National Academy of Design 1858-1905
Brooklyn Art Association 1863-1885
Paris Salon 1873
Centennial Exhibition 1876 Philadelphia 
Boston Art Club 1878, 1882-1886, 1898
Paris Exposition 1889
Royal Academy, London 
Art Institute of Chicago 
Examples of Work: Bowdoin College Museum of Art 
Brooklyn Museum of Art 
Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York City 
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 
Newark Museum, New Jersey 
University of Washington, Seattle 
Specialty: Painter
Style/School: Hudson River School
Subjects Known For: Coastal
Memberships: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1853
Association of Advancement Truth in Art 1868
Royal Academy of Arts 
National Academy of Design Honorary 1862; NA 1857
American Watercolor Society 
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(1833-1905) Richards was born in Philadelphia, the son of Quaker parents. His formal academic education ended in 1847 following his father's death, when he worked as a designer of chandeliers and gas fixtures to help support his ... (More)

William Trost Richards combined in his works the grandeur, atmosphere and light of the American painter, the interest in the minutiae of nature of the pre-raphaelites, and the precision and technique of the Dusseldorf School. He was a landscape artist for much of his life and is most remembered f... (More)

William T. Richards was forced at the young age of 13 to drop out of school to help financially support his family. He worked as a design illustrator for a gas lamp company. However, Richards was able to return to his studie... (More)

Moving between landscapes and seascapes, oils and watercolors, rigorous precision and luminous fluidity, William Trost Richards embraced and mastered each phase of nineteenth-century painting. His extraordinary career began ... (More)

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