SOLD English Country Road, 1880

by William Trost Richards (1833–1905)
Watercolor and gouache on paper
9¾ x 13¼ inches
Signed and dated lower right: WMT. Richards 1880



Private collection, Germantown, Pennsylvania

William G. Grange, acquired from above, 1916

[With] William Vareika Fine Arts, Newport, Rhode Island

Private collection, acquired from above, 1989

Sale, Christie’s, New York, New York, September 25, 2012, lot 48, from above

William Louis-Dreyfus, Mount Kisco, New York

Estate of above, 2016

The Louis-Dreyfus Family Collections, from above

Private collection, New York, New York, 2021


Linda S. Ferber, William Trost Richards (18331905): American Landscape and Marine Painter (New York: Garland Publishing Company, 1980), 326-27, fig. 259.

Note: In 1880, William Trost Richards spent the summer painting with his family on the Isle of Wight,  off the southern coast of England.

Gérard C. Louis-Dreyfus (1932–2016), also known as William, was a billionaire businessman and father to famed actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The French native amassed an extensive art collection throughout his life, which he left to his family.

Artist Biography

American Marine Painter

By Nina Sangimino

Best known for his luminous seascapes, Richards began his career painting landscapes influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite tradition.

I. Biography
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V. Memberships
VI. Notes
VII. Suggested Resources

I. Biography

William Trost Richards was one of the most accomplished American artists of the nineteenth century and enjoyed a long and successful career in

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