William Trost RichardsU.S. 1833-1905
Wood Interior 25.0221
William Trost Richards, a native of Philadelphia, began his career as an illustrator for a Philadelphia company producing gas lamp fixtures. In 1855, he traveled to Dusseldorf, Germany with William Stanley Haseltine, studying and meeting painters Emmanuel Leutze and Albert Bierstadt. From 1855-1866 Richards painted primarily landscape scenes, evidencing a Ruskinian attention to "truth to nature" and displaying some influence from the Pre-Raphaelites, whose work was exhibited in Philadelphia in 1858. Richards probably painted Wood Interior during this period-by the 1870s Richards had turned to marine painting, for which he is best known.
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