Lot 58William Trost Richards
Alpine Scene (The Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps)
Signed Wm T. Richards and dated Phil. 1860
Oil on canvas
26 1/2 x 36 1/4 inches
Harrison Earl, 1862 (possibly)
Dr. And Mrs. Llewellyn Boyd, TN, by 1973
[Sale] De Caro Auction, Odessa, DE, Oct. 8, 1988
Private Collection, MD
Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvia Academy of Fine Arts, 1862
Brooklyn, NY, The Brooklyn Museum, May 1973
Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania Acedemy of Fine Arts, Sept. - Oct. 1973
Chattanooga, TN, May - July 1985
Linda Ferber, William T. Richards: American Landscape and Marine Painter 1833 - 1905, The Brooklyn Museum, 1973, p. 63, Illust. plate 30
Linda Ferber, William T. Richards, DDS, Columbia University, Garland Publishing, New York, 1980, p. 75, illust. p. 46, fig. 50
Antiques and Arts Weekly, September 23, 1988, illust. p. 224
Note the prominence of the two glaciers in the process of carving out steep valleys; they have since substantially receded. Man's works, as illustrated by the chalet in the right foreground, are at once dwarfed by those of nature and in full harmony with it. The overall impression conveyed by the scene is one of pastorial tranquility, underscored by the artist's use of nearly pastel tones of blue and pink in the sky and mountains.
C Property of a Distinguished Maryland collector
There is an area of restoration in the sky to the center left approximately 1 1 1/2 inches. There are a few other spots of careful inpainting in the sky. Relined. Craquelure.
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