A Rocky Coast

William Trost Richards American

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In their effort to elevate the status of watercolor in the U.S., some members of the American Watercolor Society produced works on the scale of exhibition oil paintings, and even worked heavily in gouache or body color, to lend the medium some of the richness of effect of oil. Richards joined this trend around 1876, and embellished on it by working on a dark, heavy, fibrous paper—used to line carpets—that approximated both the textural qualities of canvas and the conventional half-tone gray or brown grounds on which painters traditionally applied their colors. Richards found that his carpet paper "drawings," as he called them, were "very popular." The great Metropolitan Museum benefactor Catharine Lorillard Wolfe purchased this one at his Newport studio in 1877.

A Rocky Coast, William Trost Richards (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1833–1905 Newport, Rhode Island), Watercolor and gouache on fibrous brown wove paper, American

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