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RICHARDS, William Trost, artist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 14 November, 1833. He had some instruction from Paul Weber, and in 1855 went abroad, remaining about a year. In 1867 he visited Paris, and in 1878 he went again to Europe. During 1878-'80 he had a studio in London, and exhibited at the Royal academy and the Grosvenor gallery. Mr. Richards has had his studio in Philadelphia for many years, and is an associate of the Pennsylvania academy, and an honorary member of the National academy and the American watercolor society. He gained a medal at Philadelphia in 1876, and the Temple silver medal in 1885. In his earlier years he was a pronounced pre-Raphaelite, and all of his paintings show a masterly treatment of detail. Of late years his attention has been especially directed to marine painting. Among his works in oil are "Tulip-Trees" (1859) ; " Midsummer" (1862) : "Woods in June " (1864) ; "Mid-Ocean" (1869); "On the Wissahickon" (1872); "Sea and Sky" (1875) ; "Land's End" (1880) ; "Old Ocean's Gray and Melancholy Waste" (1885) ; and" February" and "A Summer Sea "(1887). His work in water-colors has become widely known, and includes " Cedars on the Sea-Shore" (1873); "Paradise, Newport" (1875) ; "Sand-Hills, Coast, New Jersey" (1876); " King Arthur's Castle, Tintagel, Cornwall" (1879) ; "Mullion Gull Rock, Tintagel, Cornwall" (1882) ; "The Unresting Sea" (1884) ; "Cliffs of Moruch, Land's End" (1885) ; "A Summer Afternoon" (1886) ; and "Cliffs of St. Colomb" and "A Break in the Storm" (1887). In the Metropolitan museum, New York, there are forty-seven of his landscape and marine views in water-colors. His "On the Coast of New Jersey" is in the Corcoran gallery, Washington.
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