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Frederick de Bourg Richards
(American, 1822-1903)
Anglesea, New Jersey
Oil on board, 12 × 20 inches
Signed at lower right: "F. De B. Richards"

RS 6536


Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Frederick de Bourg Richards worked as a landscape painter and photographer in Philadelphia. Although he became well known for his large daguerreotypes, by 1865 Richards essentially gave up that medium in favor of the paintings for which he is best known. He spent the years 1844 and 1845 in New York, but after 1848, he lived in Philadelphia and exhibited chiefly Pennsylvania landscapes. A member of the Society of Friends, Richards was also a member of the Artists' Fund Society, the Philadelphia Society of Artists, and the Art Club of Philadelphia. He exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Association (1875–76), the American Art Union, the National Academy of Design in New York (1865–76) and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1848–91). Richards died at his residence at 1827 North Twelfth Street and was buried in West Laurel Hill cemetery.

Anglesea is a town on the New Jersey shoreline, about one hour south of Atlantic City. Richards maintained a studio here while painting views of the Pennsylvania countryside and the New Jersey seashore.



  


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