Eye Candy for Today: William Trost Richards’ October

October, William Trost Richards
October, William Trost Richards

In the collection of the National Gallery of Art, DC. There are zoomable and downloadable versions of the image available on their website.

This painting by the 19th century American artist William Trost Richards reflects a shift in his approach to landscape, and painting in general, when he became influenced by the dedication to representing nature faithfully — and resplendent in botanical detail — exemplified by the british Pre-Raphaelite painters.

There is also a pencil drawing by Richards of essentially the same scene, with some variation, in the National Gallery’s collection, that was likely a study for this painting.

It’s interesting in particular to compare the this painting and the pencil drawing to Sir John Everett Millais’ painting of Ophelia, and the mezzotint after that by James Stephenson.

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