|Description: ||Signed and dated in monogram at lower right: "1921/Farley"
Richard Blossom Farley was born in Poultney, Vermont, and attended the New Jersey State Model School in Trenton and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he exhibited sporadically from 1902 until 1931. Among his teachers were James McNeill Whistler (1834 1903), William Merritt Chase (1849 1916), and Cecilia Beaux (1855 1942). Farley also exhibited at the Philadelphia Art Club in 1912 and 1913, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in 1914, St. Botolph's Club in Boston, and at the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. He was a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, the Art Alliance in Philadelphia, and the American Federation of Arts, and the Salmagundi Club in New York. He began his career as a portraitist, but around 1912 (the year he lived in Trenton) began to specialize in seascapes.
This painting was formerly owned by John E. D. Trask, a noted art collector who served as director of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
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