Sketchbook of English Coastal Scenery
William Trost Richards
Richards was a prolific artist who, as a leading member of the American Pre-Raphaelites, embraced the Ruskinian principle of truth to nature. Sketching outdoors played a significant role in his quest for accuracy of representation. Throughout his long career and extensive travels, he seems to have always carried a sketchbook with him, filling the pages with drawings of the places he encountered. The Brooklyn Museum owns more than twenty-five of Richards’s sketchbooks, including the ones on view here. Serving as pictorial diaries of his journeys, they also demonstrate the variety of his working methods, ranging from quickly rendered outlines to carefully modulated tonal compositions to finished color studies.
Graphite on paper, some pages with added white chalk or watercolor on blue wove paper
6 1/8 x 7 11/16 in. (15.6 x 19.5 cm) (show scale)
Page on display inscribed: "Portreath [?] / Sept. 11 '79"
Gift of Edith Ballinger Price
Sketchbook of 59 pages, containing primarily graphite drawings with some touches of chalk and one watercolor on blue paper. Landscape, seascape, townscape, coastal subjects in England.
Inside front cover, landscape studies in graphite with touchings of white gouache
p1 watercolor over graphite landscape of fields, trees, and coastline. inscribed at lower right, "[Portheam?] Sept 11' 79"
p1verso house surrounded by trees
p2 view from above of houses surrounded by trees
p3 coastal scene with trees, inscribed lower right, "Mounts Bay Sept 11th"
p4 trees, inscribed lower right "[S t Pruryan?] / Sept 11' 79"
p5 small unfinished sketch at upper right
p6 townscape, inscribed upper left "St [Bunyan?] / Sept 12.79"; and at lower center "St l"
p7 coastal scene, inscribed lower right "Sept 12 79-"
p8 townscape on coast, inscribed lower right "Sept 12.79."
p9 coastal scene, grassy hill. inscribed lower right "Sept 12' 79"
p10 loose sketch of grass and trees
p10verso rocky cliffs, in graphite with touches of white chalk, inscribed lower right "near Logan Stone / Sept 12 79"
p11verso, rocky hill/landscape
p12 rocky coastal landscape, inscribed lower right "Logan Stone / Sept 12' 79"
p12verso rock study
p13 rocky coastal landscape, inscribed lower right "Logan Stone / Sept 12' 79"
p13verso townscape with bell tower, inscribed lower right "St. [Levar?]"
p14 incomplete line outline
p14verso incomplete line outline
p15 rocky coast
p15verso rocky coastline, inscribed lower right "[Portle Cerreow?]"
p16 coastal landscape in graphite with touches of white chalk. inscribed lower right "[Portle Kerreow?] / Sept 12' 1879"
p17 rocks along coast, graphite sketch with touches of white chalk. Inscribed lower right "Joe [illegible illegible] / Sept 12' 79"
p17 verso scribbles
p18 rocks along coast
p18verso rock study
p19 rocks along coast
p20 rocks along coast
p21 rocks along coast
p22 rocks along coast
p23 rocky coastline, inscribed lower left "Sept 13. 79"
p24 rocky coastline, inscribed lower right "Sept 14 79"
p24verso forest interior
p25 cliffs/coastline, almost illegible, smudged
p25verso, cliffs/coastline, inscribed lower right "Mill Bay / Sept 14"
p26 blank, except for smudges from p25verso
p26verso, cliffs/coastline, inscribed lower center "Sept 14.79"
p27 line outline, scribbles
p27verso graphite with touches of white chalk, cliffs/coastline, inscribed lower right "mill bay Lands End / Sept 15' 79"
p28 rocky coastline
p28verso small line outline of cliffs on coastline
p29 rocky coastline, inscribed lower left "Sept 15.79"
p30 rock study, inscribed lower right, "Sept 15 79"
p31 loosely rendered hilly landscape, probably along coast
p31verso, almost illegible rock study
p32 almost illegible rock study
p33 two boats in foreground, townscape in background
p33verso boat study at upper left; coastal scene in graphite with touches of white chalk. Town on crescent shaped coast line. Inscribed lower left, "[net?]"
p34verso, buildings with wagons/carriages in front
p35 townscape on crescent shaped coast, with one boat.
p25verso, loosely rendered townscape on coast, partly scribbled out?
p26verso interior; staircase; loosely rendered
p27 line sketch of rocky landscape formation
p27verso cliffs along coast, inscribed at center "[Newquay?] Sept 17'79"
p28 loose sketch of hilly landscape along coast, inscribed lower right "[Newquay?] / [Town?] head / Sept 17 79"
p28verso small sketch of boat
p29 rocky coast line, in graphite with touches of white chalk. Inscribed at lower left, "Watergate bay / Sept 17 79"
p29verso rocky coast line, in graphite with touches of white chalk. Inscribed at lower center "Watergate Bay Sept 17'79."
p30 Rocky coastline
p31 hills along coast line, inscribed lower right "watergate bay / Sept 17'79"
p31verso graphite with touches of white chalk, rock studies
p32verso rocky coastline, inscribed lower right "[Bedrallian?] Steps Sept 17"
p33 rocky coastline, inscribed lower center "[Bedmillian?] Steps / Sept 17 79"
p33verso rocky coastline, inscribed lower center, "[Bedmillian?] Steps Sept 17' 79"
p34verso loose sketch of coastline
p35verso rocky coastline, inscribed lower center "[Bedmilham?] Steps Sept 17' 79"
p36 rock study, inscribed lower right "Sept 17' 79"
p37 rocky coast, inscribed lower right "[Bedmilham?] Steps Sept 17 79"
p38 Rocky coast, inscribed lower right "[Bedmilham?] Steps / Sept 17, 79"
p38verso rocky coast, inscribed lower center, "[Bedmilham?] Steps Sept 17'79"
p39verso rocky coast, in graphite with touches of white chalk, inscribed at lower center, "[Bedmilham?] Steps / Sept 17. 79"
p40 rocky coast, inscribed lower right, "[Bedmilham?] Steps Sept 17.79"
p41 tonal seascape in graphite with touches of white chalk, inscribed lower left, "Spet 17.79."
p42 street scene, architectural study
p43 pastoral scene of barn with horse and figures
p43verso, illegible subject
p44 study of a quarry or mill?
p45 rocky coast
p45verso, country house
p46 rocky coast
p46verso, loose landscape sketch
p47 rocky coast, in graphite with touches of white chalk, inscribed lower left, "[Temple?]head / Sept 19.79."
p48 rocky landscape
p48verso rocky coast
p49 rocky coast, with touches of white chalk
p49verso loose sketch of rocky coast
p50 loose sketch of cliffs along coast
p50verso, house in the forest
p51 illegible, scribbles
p51verso, rocky coast
p52 cliffs along coast
p53 country house
p53verso, houses; town?, trees and hills
p54verso, hills, with loosely rendered house at right
p55 cliffs along coast
p55verso rocky hill study
p56 almost illegible sketch depicting hills alongside a river, possibly with boats.
p56verso loose sketch of houses
p57 loose sketch of houses
p57verso, loose unfinished seascape
p58 loose line outline of hills
p58verso, line outlines of hills, boats with figures
p59 loose, line outlines of boat, horizon lines, hills, waves
p59verso, sketch of a man's face, some other lightly rendered landscapes.
Inside back cover, loose illegible sketch, inscribed at upper center, "William T. Richards / care / J. S. [Mongamco?] Bankers / 22 Old Broad St / London E.C. / [illegible] / [illegible] / 70691"
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William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905). Sketchbook of English Coastal Scenery, 1879. Graphite on paper, some pages with added white chalk or watercolor on blue wove paper, 6 1/8 x 7 11/16 in. (15.6 x 19.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Edith Ballinger Price, 75.15.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 75.15.1_view1_PS2.jpg)
overall, 75.15.1_view1_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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