Morning Seas, Wolf’s Crag - William Trost Richards

Morning Seas, Wolf’s Crag
William Trost Richards

  • William Trost Richards  American (1833-1905)
  • Morning Seas, Wolf’s Crag
  • Watercolor
  • 22 1/4" x 36 1/4"
  • sold

A native of Philadelphia, William Trost Richards studied privately with Paul Weber and took classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art before traveling to Europe. By 1854, Richards was an active landscape painter, known for his paintings of the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Hudson River Valley, but in 1867 he began to paint marine subjects, a theme which he would follow for the rest of his career. Richards and his family soon moved to Newport, Rhode Island, and he went on to become nationally recognized for his luminous and atmospheric renditions of the ocean and shoreline.

Richards was a member of the American Watercolor Society and an honorary member of the National Academy of Design, where he exhibited from 1861 to 1899. He received a medal at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876; the Temple Medal from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1885, and a bronze medal at the Paris Exposition in 1889. Richards was honored with a retrospective exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1973. His work is represented in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, the Newark Museum, Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, St. Louis Art Museum, the Adirondack Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vassar College Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts