Important American and European Paintings — June 12, 2012 Auction Results

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Lot 18

18: William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905)
18: William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905)

William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905)

William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905)

The Otter Cliffs, Mount Desert Island, Maine
, 1866
Signed and dated lower right “”WM T Richards / 1866″”
Oil on panel backed canvas

36 1/4 x 29 inches

Other Notes: William Trost Richards returned from Germany in the spring of 1866. He traveled to Mount Desert Island, Maine, perhaps encouraged by fellow artists Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, Jervis McEntee and William Stanley Haseltine. This is one of the few paintings extant from that trip. It signifies an important transition from pure landscape painting to his signature coastal scenes, a subject that would occupy him for the rest of his prolific career.

Estimate: $40,000-100,000

The property of a Georgia Family

Price Realized: $235,600