Richards, William Trost, 1833-1905Alternative names
William Trost Richards (1833-1905) was a marine and landscape painter in Newport, R.I. and Germantown, Pa.
From the description of William Trost Richards exhibition list and photograph, 1914. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 710020348
From the description of Letters : Germantown, Pa., Newport, R.I., to Samuel Sartain, 1865 Sept. 5, 1898 May 29, 1904 Dec. 5, and 1905 Feb. 18. (Bryn Mawr College). WorldCat record id: 28489765
From the description of Letters : Germantown, Pa., and Newport, R.I., to John Sartain, 1860 Nov. 12, 1890 Nov. 29, and undated. (Bryn Mawr College). WorldCat record id: 28489410
Marine and landscape painter; Newport, R.I. and Germantown, Pa.
From the description of William Trost Richards papers, 1848-1920. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81848197
William Trost Richards was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1833. From 1850 to 1858 he worked as a designer and illustrator of ornamental metalwork, and briefly studied draughtsmanship and painting with the German artist Paul Weber. Richards was also an active member of the Forensic and Literary Circle of Philadelphia during the early 1850s. In 1852 he had his first exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and a year later was elected a full Academician. He had great interest in landscapes and geological subjects, and spent summers sketching in the Catskills and Adirondacks. From 1855 to 1856 Richards toured Europe with William Stanley Haseltine and Alexander Lawrie, and was influenced by the Dusseldorf school of landscape painters.
Richards married aspiring poetess Anna Matlack in 1856, and they settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania, where they had eight children, five of which survived to adulthood. In 1858 he attended an exhibition of British art in Philadelphia, and was greatly influenced by the works of Pre-Raphaelite painters. He began painting outdoors, executing precise, naturalistic, yet atmospheric, landscapes. In 1862 he joined the National Academy of Design, and in 1863 joined the Society for the Advancement of Truth in Art, an American Pre-Raphaelite organization. From 1868 to 1874, Richards spent summers on the East Coast and began focusing on marine subjects painted in watercolor, exhibiting often with the American Watercolor Society. Richards also traveled to Europe several times, and lived there from 1879-1880 while trying to find a new direction for his artwork. In 1881 he built a summer house for his family in Newport, Rhode Island and moved there permanently in 1890. His wife Anna died in 1900, and he continued to paint landscapes and seascapes until his death in 1905.
From the guide to the William Trost Richards papers, 1848-1920, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)
|Place Name||Admin Code||Country|
|Landscape painting--19th century--Pennsylvania--Germantown|
|Marine painters--Rhode Island--Newport|
|Landscape painting--19th century|
|Marine painting--19th century|
|Marine painting--19th century--Rhode Island--Newport|