William Trost Richards
(1833 - 1905)

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A New England Pasture

Truth to Nature

Canaan, CT


Landscape and marine painter William Trost Richards was born in Philadelphia. He studied art with Paul Weber before leaving for a year in Europe between 1855 and 1856. His travels took him to France, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany. In Germany, he spent time in Dusseldorf, a popular destination for American artists who sought training at the academy there. Upon his return to the United States, Richards painted both watercolors and oils. Like other landscape painters from the middle years of the 19 th century, Richards kept his subject matter fresh by taking regular sketching trips along the East Coast. For example in 1874, he spent most of his summers in Newport, Rhode Island. Toward the end of his career, he made frequent trips to England.

The artist’s meticulous method was probably born from his training in the exacting technique propounded by the academy in Dusseldorf, in addition to his adherence to Pre-Raphaelitism, a movement associated with the English critic, John Ruskin, which called for fidelity to nature in art. Toward the end of his career, Richards’s style loosened considerably perhaps as a result of the changing tastes in American landscape painting.





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