SOLD The Artist’s House, 1883

by William Trost Richards (1833–1905)
Gouache on paper
4⅝ x 7 inches (sight size)
Initialed and dated lower right: R. 1883


Private collection, Europe, by family descent

Private collection, New York, New York

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W. T. Richards’ House on Conanicut Island, 1882, watercolor and Chinese white on paper, 3¼ x 5 inches; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

View of the Artist's Home, Graycliff, [Near] Newport, Rhode Island, 1894, oil on canvas, 12½ x 15½ inches; Private collection

Note: In 1881, William Trost Richards bought land on the south side of Conanicut Island in Narragansett Bay and designed a summer house overlooking the water. The house, known as Graycliff, no longer stands but is featured in several of Richards’s paintings. In this depiction, the artist emphasizes the grand scale of the craggy cliffs just before his home. In a letter to Philadelphia art patron George Whitney, Richards declared, “You can’t realize what a delight it is to have the finest subjects right in ones [sic] ‘front yard’.”[1]

[1] Linda S. Ferber, William Trost Richards, American Landscape & Marine Painter, 1833–1905 (Brooklyn, NY: The Brooklyn Museum, 1973), 36.

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.

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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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