William Trost Richards (1833-1905)

  • William Trost Richards (1833-1905)
  • Seascape with Crashing Waves, 1889
  • Oil on canvas
  • 20 x 40 inches
  • Signed and dated 1889, lower right

William Trost Richards, an affiliate of both the Hudson River School and the American Pre-Raphaelite movement, is known for his astonishingly precise seascapes set along the coast from New Jersey to Maine. Richards was born on June 3, 1833 in Philadelphia, where he remained for most of his life. He began his artistic training in 1850 with German-born Hudson River School painter, Paul Weber, supporting himself at the same time with work as a designer and illustrator of ornamental metalwork. Between 1853 and 1856, he traveled to Europe with fellow painters, William Stanley Haseltine and Alexander Lawrie, finding much inspiration in the Düsseldorf School’s finely detailed landscape paintings.

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William Trost Richards Seascape with Crashing Waves 1889 unframed