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Highlights from “Through Eagles Eyes'”: Five Works by William Trost Richards

Chelsea DeLay | March 20th, 2014 | Posted in Essays, Events and Exhibitions

A painterly master of both sea and land, William Trost Richards is one of the most important American landscape and marine artists of the nineteenth century. His approach revealed a meticulous attention to detail and his watercolors boosted the medium’s popularity among artists, as well as the general public. His early work, especially his scenes of the White Mountains, captured the attention of critics, one of whom saw a landscape painting by Richards and praised it as “one of the most quietly impressive pictures,” and predicted, “Surely we are destined to see or hear more of a painter of such unpretending power.” By 1870, he had fully embraced watercolor as his medium of choice and began to shift away from painting the American landscape, focusing more on coastal scenes and seascapes inspired by the scenery surrounding his home in Newport, Rhode Island.

Viewing his seascapes, it is impossible not to feel the unbridled power of the ocean in the churning waters, crashing waves, and formidable skies. Richards captured the tumultuous nature of the sea unlike any other; one review states, “Mr. Richards is unquestionably one of the most eminent marine artists this century has produced…he has a power of interpreting its [the ocean’s] significance that compels attention and wins permanent admiration.” There are two impressive coastal scenes by Richards featured in Questroyal’s current exhibition, Through Eagles’ Eyes: Paintings of the Hudson River School, as well as three landscapes, all of which allow visitors to take in and appreciate his range and ability as an artist. Feel free to stop by the gallery to see these works, as well as more than seventy other exceptional Hudson River School paintings included in Through Eagles’ Eyes!

William Trost Richards, Bouquet Valley in the Adirondacks, 1863. Oil on canvas, 25⅛ x 36⅛ inches. Signed and dated lower right: Wm. T. Richards / 1863. Phila. Currently available at Questroyal Fine Art.

William Trost Richards, Bouquet Valley in the Adirondacks, 1863. Oil on canvas, 25⅛ x 36⅛ inches. Signed and dated lower right: Wm. T. Richards / 1863. Phila. Currently available at Questroyal Fine Art.

William Trost Richards. Clearing after the Storm, 1889. Oil on canvas, 40¼ x 48¼ inches. Signed and dated lower left: Wm. T. Richards. 89.

William Trost Richards. Clearing after the Storm, 1889. Oil on canvas, 40¼ x 48¼ inches. Signed and dated lower left: Wm. T. Richards. 89. Currently available at Questroyal Fine Art.

 

Sources:
William Trost Richards papers, 1848-1920. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

 

Chelsea DeLay is a Researcher at Questroyal Fine Art. Chelsea earned her MA in art business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, and her BA in art history and classical studies. Her interest in American paintings first began while working at an auction house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and has multiplied exponentially since joining the Questroyal team.