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William Trost Richards papers

Creator:
Richards, William Trost, 1833-1905  Search this
Names:
Avery, Samuel Putnam, 1822-1904  Search this
Coates, Edward Hornor, 1846-1921  Search this
Eakins, Thomas, 1844-1916  Search this
Lambdin, George Cochran, 1830-1896  Search this
Lanman, Charles, 1819-1895  Search this
Whitney, George, D. 1885  Search this
Wilcox, William H.  Search this
Extent:
1.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Daguerreotypes
Photographs
Date:
1848-1920
Summary:
The William Trost Richards papers measure 1.8 linear feet and date from 1848-1920. The collection documents Richards' personal life and his career as a landscape and seascape painter. The collection consists of correspondence, writings, business files, printed material, photographs, and other miscellaneous materials.
Scope and Contents note:
The William Trost Richards papers measure 1.8 linear feet and date from 1848-1920. The collection documents Richards' personal life and his career as a landscape and seascape painter. The collection consists of correspondence, writings, business files, printed material, photographs, and other miscellaneous materials.

Correspondence files date from 1851 to 1917 and include family correspondence between Richards and his wife Anna as well as with their children. Of note are letters written by William Trost Richards to his wife while he was in Europe, which include many illustrations of his travels. Also found is general correspondence of a personal and professional nature between Richards and friends, artists, art dealers, and collectors, many of whom played a prominent role in Philadelphia society. Writings include essays written by Richards, homemade magazines written and illustrated by the Richards family, and writings by his wife Anna and others. Business files contain financial, legal, and real estate records, and printed material contains an exhibition catalog from 1976, news clippings, and event programs. Miscellany found in this collection include artwork by others, and inventory of paintings by others, compiled by Richards, and an interview transcript with Miriam Thayer Richards. Photographs include images of Richards, his wife Anna, and their home in Newport, Rhode Island.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged into 6 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1851-1917, undated (Box 1-2; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 2: Writings, 1849-1905, undated (Box 2-4; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 3: Business Files, 1865-1920, undated (Box 4; 3 folders)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1850-1906, 1976, undated (Box 4-5; 5 folders)

Series 5: Miscellany, 1848-1876, undated (Box 5; 5 folders)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1850-1900 (Box 5; 7 folders)
Biographical/Historical note:
William Trost Richards was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1833. From 1850 to 1858 he worked as a designer and illustrator of ornamental metalwork, and briefly studied draughtsmanship and painting with the German artist Paul Weber. Richards was also an active member of the Forensic and Literary Circle of Philadelphia during the early 1850s. In 1852 he had his first exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and a year later was elected a full Academician. He had great interest in landscapes and geological subjects, and spent summers sketching in the Catskills and Adirondacks. From 1855 to 1856 Richards toured Europe with William Stanley Haseltine and Alexander Lawrie, and was influenced by the Dusseldorf school of landscape painters.

Richards married aspiring poetess Anna Matlack in 1856, and they settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania, where they had eight children, five of which survived to adulthood. In 1858 he attended an exhibition of British art in Philadelphia, and was greatly influenced by the works of Pre-Raphaelite painters. He began painting outdoors, executing precise, naturalistic, yet atmospheric, landscapes. In 1862 he joined the National Academy of Design, and in 1863 joined the Society for the Advancement of Truth in Art, an American Pre-Raphaelite organization. From 1868 to 1874, Richards spent summers on the East Coast and began focusing on marine subjects painted in watercolor, exhibiting often with the American Watercolor Society. Richards also traveled to Europe several times, and lived there from 1879-1880 while trying to find a new direction for his artwork. In 1881 he built a summer house for his family in Newport, Rhode Island and moved there permanently in 1890. His wife Anna died in 1900, and he continued to paint landscapes and seascapes until his death in 1905.
Related Archival Materials note:
Also available on microfilm at the Archives are the Geoge Whitney papers relating to William Trost Richards, 1875-1885, which includes 112 watercolors and an oil painting by William Trost Richards. These items were lent anonymously in 1979 and returned to the lender after they were filmed. They are available on reels 1497.
Provenance:
The bulk of the collection was donated in 1980 by Mrs. James B. Conant, Richards's granddaughter. The Archives microfilmed this portion of the collection on reels 2296-2299 upon receipt. The inventory of paintings by others was donated by Victor Spark in 1954 and filmed on reel 3470.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The William Trost Richards papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Marine painters -- Rhode Island -- Newport  Search this
Marine painting -- 19th century -- Rhode Island -- Newport  Search this
Landscape painting -- 19th century -- Pennsylvania -- Germantown  Search this
Landscape painters -- Pennsylvania -- Germantown  Search this
Genre/Form:
Daguerreotypes
Photographs
Citation:
William Trost Richards papers, 1848-1920. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.richwill
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William Trost Richards papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-richwill
Additional Online Media:

George Cochran Lambdin, Germantown, Pa. letter to Charles Henry Hart

Creator:
Lambdin, George Cochran, 1830-1896  Search this
Hart, Charles Henry, 1847-1918  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1886 Dec. 26
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6921
See more items in:
Charles Henry Hart autograph collection, 1731-1918
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6921
Additional Online Media:

Roses, (painting)

Painter:
Lambdin, George Cochran 1830-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil on board
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Morris Museum of Art 1 Tenth Street Augusta Georgia 30901 Accession Number: 1992.025
Date:
1876
Topic:
Still Life--Flower--Rose  Search this
Control number:
IAP 67990035
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_374262

Roses and Fuchsia, (painting)

Painter:
Lambdin, George Cochran 1830-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil on board
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Morris Museum of Art 1 Tenth Street Augusta Georgia 30901 Accession Number: 1992.026
Date:
Ca. 1880
Topic:
Still Life--Flower--Rose  Search this
Still Life--Flower--Fuchsia  Search this
Control number:
IAP 67990036
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_374263

Girl Reading, (painting)

Painter:
Lambdin, George Cochran 1830-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum 1171 Main Street St. Johnsbury Vermont 05819
Date:
1872
Topic:
Figure female--Full length  Search this
Architecture interior--Domestic--House  Search this
Architecture interior--Detail--Window  Search this
Object--Written Matter--Book  Search this
Recreation--Leisure--Reading  Search this
Control number:
IAP 70080738
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_127619

Girls and Flowers, (painting)

Painter:
Lambdin, George Cochran 1830-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1971.378
Date:
1855
Topic:
Figure female  Search this
Object--Flower  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08581193
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_249898

George Cochran Lambdin: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Lambdin, George Cochran 1830-1896  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF001738
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_140280

Spring Flowers (May Flowers), (painting)

Painter:
Lambdin, George Cochran 1830-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
National Academy of Design 1083 Fifth Avenue New York New York 10128 Accession Number: 722-P
Date:
1863
Topic:
Landscape--Season--Spring  Search this
Landscape--Garden  Search this
Figure group--Female  Search this
Occupation--Domestic--Gathering  Search this
Landscape--Plant  Search this
Control number:
IAP 36270474
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_44123

Our Sweetest Songs Are Those That Tell of Saddest Thoughts, (painting)

Painter:
Lambdin, George Cochran 1830-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
National Academy of Design 1083 Fifth Avenue New York New York 10128 Accession Number: 723-P
Date:
1857
Topic:
Architecture interior--Domestic--House  Search this
Figure group--Female  Search this
State of Being--Emotion--Sorrow  Search this
Performing Arts--Music--Piano  Search this
Object--Musical Instrument--Piano  Search this
Literature--Shelley--To a Skylark  Search this
Control number:
IAP 36270475
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_44124

Drawing the Elephant, (painting)

Painter:
Lambdin, George Cochran 1830-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
National Academy of Design 1083 Fifth Avenue New York New York 10128 Accession Number: 726-P
Date:
1859
Topic:
Architecture interior--Domestic--House  Search this
Children  Search this
Recreation--Leisure--Home Life  Search this
Literature--Parson--Childhood  Search this
Control number:
IAP 36270481
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_44129

Cyclamen, (painting)

Painter:
Lambdin, George Cochran 1830-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil on panel
Type:
Paintings
Date:
Ca. 1880
Topic:
Still Life--Flower--Cyclamen  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8F360005
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_467683

George Cochran Lambdin, 1830-1896 / essay by Ruth Irwin Weidner ; the exhibition, September 6 through November 23, 1986

Author:
Weidner, Ruth Irwin  Search this
Brandywine River Museum  Search this
Subject:
Lambdin, George Cochran 1830-1896  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1986
C1986
19th century
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_773909

The Lambdins of Philadelphia : newly discovered works : the Lambdin family collection of paintings by James Reid Lambdin and George Cochran Lambdin / adapted from an essay by Ruth Irwin Weidner

Author:
Weidner, Ruth Irwin  Search this
Schwarz Philadelphia (Gallery)  Search this
Subject:
Lambdin, James Reid 1807-1889  Search this
Lambdin, George Cochran 1830-1896  Search this
Lambdin family Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
41 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1045533

Roses and Azaleas, (painting)

Painter:
Lambdin, George Cochran 1830-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Harvard University Fogg Museum 32 Quincy Street Cambridge Massachusetts 02138 Accession Number: 2005.91
Date:
1880
Topic:
Still Life--Flower--Rose  Search this
Still Life--Flower--Azalea  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20781915
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_414737

Lilies, (painting)

Painter:
Lambdin, George Cochran 1830-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil on wood panel
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Ganz, Jo Ann & Julian Jr Los Angeles California
Date:
1872
Topic:
Still Life--Flower--Lily  Search this
Control number:
IAP 99330079
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_415232

A Bouquet of Roses, (painting)

Painter:
Lambdin, George Cochran 1830-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil on wood panel
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Ganz, Jo Ann & Julian Jr Los Angeles California
Date:
1876
Topic:
Still Life--Flower--Rose  Search this
Control number:
IAP 99330080
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_415235

Blowing Bubbles, (painting)

Painter:
Lambdin, George Cochran 1830-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Cincinnati Art Galleries 635 Main Street Cincinnati Ohio 45202
Date:
1858
Topic:
Architecture interior--Domestic--House  Search this
Architecture interior--Detail--Door  Search this
Figure male--Child  Search this
Recreation--Sport & Play--Bubble Blowing  Search this
Object--Toy--Doll  Search this
Control number:
IAP 67920498
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_444298

Pink and Yellow Roses, (painting)

Painter:
Lambdin, George Cochran 1830-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Schwarz Gallery 1806 Chestnut Street Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19103
Topic:
Still Life--Flower--Rose  Search this
Control number:
IAP 62400448
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_454583

In the Beech Wood (In the Woods), (painting)

Painter:
Lambdin, George Cochran 1830-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Dartmouth College Hood Museum of Art Hanover New Hampshire 03755 Accession Number: P.988.4
Date:
1862-1864
Topic:
Landscape--Forest  Search this
Landscape--Tree--Beech Tree  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Recreation--Courting  Search this
Control number:
IAP 30661681
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_458016

Roses, (painting)

Painter:
Lambdin, George Cochran 1830-1896  Search this
Medium:
Oil on panel
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Anonymous Collection
Date:
1877
Topic:
Still Life--Flower--Rose  Search this
Control number:
IAP 68500011
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_460180

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