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William Trost Richards – Biography

William Trost Richards was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States on the 3rd of June, 1833.

Early Life of William Trost Richards

He was affiliated with the Hudson River School, an American Movement formed by a group of landscape artists who were influenced by romanticism and brought in their aesthetic factor on paper.

William Trost Richards Portrait
A portrait of William Trost Richards.

He was also a part of the Pre Raphaelite Movement or the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood which was another group of artists that included painters, poets, and critics in the mid 18th century in Great Britain.

William Trost Richards Biography

In 1846, he went to the Central High School, Philadelphia, United States. In the year 1850 and the next five years, he was working as a designer and illustrator of ornamental metalworks.

Simultaneously, he did part-time learning under the guidance of Paul Weber, a German artist, and cartoonist of the Victorian Era.

A portrait of William Trost Richards.
Central High School, Philadelphia- William Trost Richards Alma Mater

Richards art was first brought before the public at the exhibition at New Bedford, Massachusetts organized by Western American artist Albert Bierstadt in 1858.

Academic Life of William Trost Richards

He was elected as an honorary member of National Academy of Design in 1862. He was a member of Association of Advanced of Truth in Art, an American Pre Raphaelite Group in the year 1863. After 3 years in 1866, he left for Europe for a year.

The National Academy of Design Manhattan 1865
An image of The National Academy of Design, Manhattan, 1865.

After he returned, he spent the next six years on the East Coast. He held exhibitions at the National Academy of design from 1861 to 1899. He also exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Association from 1863 to 1885. In 1871, he was a full elected member of the National Academy.

Works and Beliefs of William Trost Richards

William was all about meticulous factual rendering and less about the romanticized style of art.

William Trost Richards Landscape

His views on the landscape of the White Mountains are almost photogenic in their realism. In the later years, his paintings were dominated by watercolors.

Smithsonian Museum of Art
A present day image of the Smithsonian Museum of Art.

His works feature today at American Museums such as Smithsonian American Art Museums, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, the National Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art to name a few.

Brooklyn Museum of Art
A present day image of the interior of the Brooklyn Museum of Art that houses the works of William Trost Richards.

In 1888, he traveled to Europe again and owned a studio in London for two years. he was known to hold exhibitions at the Grosvenor Gallery and the Royal Gallery.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
A present day image of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

He also had a studio in Philadelphia and was the honorary member of the Pennsylvania Academy and the National Academy.

William Trost Richards Marine

In 1876, he earned a medal from the state. he was specifically known for his marine paintings.

Grosvenor Gallery
The Grosvenor Gallery of Art, London.

His art was known for the meticulous use of every detail and fine intricate work that left the spectators in awe and amaze.

Below are Some of his most Famous Artworks:

Gathering Leaves By William Trost Richards
The Gathering Leaves by William-Trost Richards.
On The Wissahickon William Trost Rchards
“On the Wissahickon” by William Trost Richards, 1872.
Tulip Trees by William Trost Richards
The Tulip Trees by William-Trost Richards,1859.
Sea and Sky William Trost Richard
The “Sea and Sky” by William Trost Richards, 1888.
William Trost Richards Lands End
The “Land’s End” by William Trost Richards, 1880.
Paradise Newport William Trost Richards
The “Paradise, Newport” by William Trost Richards, 1875.
Woods in June William Trost Richards
The “Woods in June” by William Trost Richards, 1864.
King Arthurs Castle Cornwall William Trost Richards
The “King Arthur’s Castle, Tintagel, Cornwall, 1879.

Death of William Trost Richards

William built a house in 1881 in Jamestown, Rhode Island, United States.

William Trost Richards
A painting of William-Trost Richards in his study by Anna Mary Brewster.

He lived and worked here for many years before he passed away on the 17th of April 1905.

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