Cormorant Cliff, Jamestown, Rhode Island

Cormorant Cliff, Jamestown, Rhode Island


William Trost Richards

(American, 1833–1905)

Watercolor and gouache

Support: Light brown wove paper

Sheet: 58.4 x 94.1 cm (23 x 37 1/16 in.)

Gift of the Reverend and Mrs. Danila Pascu 1969.125



As a young artist, Richards was influenced by John Ruskin’s Modern Painters (see Ruskin’s work elsewhere in the exhibition). Richards’s interest in Ruskin was particularly reflected in the younger artist’s meticulous geological studies made directly from nature. Richards strove for the fidelity to nature that he saw in the Pre-Raphaelite paintings exhibited in a show of British art at the Pennsylvania Academy in 1858. He is best known for his seascapes. Like the Impressionists, he was interested in capturing natural light and reflections on water and wet beaches, but his handling was tighter and
his palette more tonal.

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