American Watercolor Atlantic City New Jersey Coast Beach Sunset Signed Dated 1875

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SKU BB-8335
A fine and important painting by the celebrated American Hudson River School painter William Trost Richards (1833-1905), the painting depicting the coastline at sunset Atlantic City, NJ, signed and dated 1875.
This watercolor is fresh to the market from a private American collection, in the same family hands since the 1920's and housed in the original bronzed frame, condition is all original, we at Bloomsbury Fine Art had the work professionally remounted in archival acid free materials and UV glass. Condition is excellent.

William Trost Richards was born in Philadelphia and began to draw at a young age. At thirteen he was forced to leave school to support his family and found a job designing ornamental metal fixtures. He continued to study art, eventually taking classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and exhibiting his first work there in 1852.
In 1855 he made the first of several trips to Europe to look at art. An admirer of the great American landscape artists of his day, Frederic Edwin Church and John F. Kensett, Richards was also interested in European interpretations of landscape. During his many trips, he visited American artists working abroad. Richards made his home in Philadelphia and spent summers at Atlantic City and Cape May, New Jersey. In 1890 he settled in the seaside town of Newport, Rhode Island.
Rocky coasts, beaches, and rolling waves were the subjects that established Richards' reputation as a painter in the nineteenth century. A draftsman and landscape painter, Richards initially depicted woodland scenes but eventually specialized in seascapes. His work, done in oil and later in watercolor, was highly regarded for its precise detail, and, at the same time, the spaciousness of his scenes.

At Sight

Imperial: 10.5 in high × 20.5 in wide

Metric: 26.67 cm high × 52.07 cm wide


Imperial: 20.25 in high × 30.25 in wide × 1 in deep

Metric: 51.44 in high × 76.84 cm wide x 2.54 in deep

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