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Frederick de Bourg Richards
(American, 1822-1903)
Landscape, 1868
Oil on canvas, 20 × 29 inches
Signed, dated, and inscribed at lower right: "F. De B. Richards/Paris 1868"

RS 5909


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.

Painted in Paris in 1868, this landscape was probably intended as an allusion to the Union after the Civil War. The partially destroyed bridge at the left and the ruins in the foreground suggest that some conflict had taken place on the site, but it cannot be associated with any specific battlefield.



  


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