Landscape. Marine.

Quiet Seascape, 1883

William Trost Richards was intensely interested in waves. To study them, he waded into the water or spent hours at a time observing them from the beach. The result was maritime paintings of startling, almost photographic, realism. Richards, who was born in Philadelphia, spent his summers in Rhode Island and later traveled through Great Britain, France, and Norway seeking dramatic coastlines. This seascape may show a beach on the island of Jersey, in the English Channel.

This painting once belonged to James J. Hill (1838-1916), the Minnesota railroad magnate whose collection of European paintings forms the basis of the Institute's nineteenth-century holdings.



Richards, Quiet Seascape (#533)
Quiet Seascape
Artist Life
1833 - 1905
Accession Number
(M. Knoedler and Company, New York, New York by 1883); purchased by James J. Hill [1838-1916], St. Paul, Minnesota on August 1, 1883;[1] by descent to his daughter Charlotte Hill Slade [d. 1923]; by descent to her son George Norman Slade [b. 1902]; by descent to his daughter Elizabeth Slade Driscoll and W. John Driscoll [b. 1930], St. Paul, Minnesota; gift to MIA in 1980. [1] According to Hill's ledger, the work was purchased as "Turn of the Tide" (inventory no. 30; Hill voucher no. 49).
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Landscape. Marine.