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Sketch of a Tree Branch (from Sketchbook VII)

Artist:
William Trost Richards (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1833–1905 Newport, Rhode Island)
Date:
1886
Medium:
Graphite on off-white wove paper
Dimensions:
5 x 7 1/2 in. (12.7 x 19.1 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gifts in memory of Stephen D. Rubin, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.2.1n verso
Not on view
This sketchbook contains forty-six drawings in graphite and ink, primarily of New England landscape and marine subjects. The addition to the Museum’s collection of this and one other sketchbook (1992.2.2) of Pacific Northwest landscape subjects by Richards virtually completes a representation of the range of the artist’s graphic achievement. The books are remarkable for both highly finished compositions and for pages of rapid notes probably taken during strolls through the countryside. The pages testify to Richard’s tireless pleasure in observing nature, to the sketchbooks utility as a rehearsal place for his hand, and to the vivid impressions he could produce with the simplest of means. Not least of all, they offer a key understanding to the artist’s uncanny facility in his better known paintings and watercolors.
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