William Trost Richards | Alpine Landscape

American, 1833–1905

Alpine Landscape

Signed and dated Philadelphia 1860
Oil on canvas
26½ x 36½ inches (67.3 x 92.6 cm)
Framed: 37¼ x 47¼ inches (94.6 x 120 cm)
This majestic panorama was completed after Richards returned home from several years in Europe. Like his friend, Albert Bierstadt, he was impressed by the grandeur of the Alps at a time when geological forces were beginning to be fully understood. The overall impression conveyed by this scene is one of great tranquility, underscored by the artist’s use of nearly pastel tones of blue and pink in the sky and mountains.

Dr. and Mrs. Llewellyn Boyd, Chattanooga, Tennessee, until 1988
 Private Collection, Maryland

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1862, as The Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps
 Brooklyn, New York, The Brooklyn Museum, 1973
 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1973
 Chattanooga, Tennessee, The Hunter Museum, 1985

Linda Ferber, William T. Richards: American Landscape and Marine Painter 1833-1905, exhibition catalogue, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, 1973, p. 63, pl. 30, illustrated
 Linda Ferber, William T. Richards, doctoral dissertation, Columbia University, New York, 1980, pp. 46, 75, pl. 50, illustrated


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