Sketchbook, Newport Area, Landscape and Coastal Subjects
William Trost Richards
In 1874 Richards and his family spent the first of many summers at Newport, an old colonial town on the Rhode Island coast that was rapidly becoming a fashionable summer resort. Excited by the varied landscape and coastal topography of the region, the artist wrote to one patron: “I have made some new walks and discovered new beauties and believe that I could from Newport Scenery make more charming pictures than I have ever dreamed of before.” Many summers afterward would be spent “prospecting” for new subjects, filling sketchbooks like this one with studies for watercolors and oil paintings like Old Orchard at Newport, 1875, on display in the adjacent American Identities galleries.
Graphite on paper
4 7/8 x 7 11/16 in. (12.4 x 19.5 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Edith Ballinger Price
Sketchbook of 68 pages, featuring landscape sketches, and some studies of farm animals.
Images primarily oriented horizontally, unless otherwise noted.
Inside front cover, upside down, sketch of tree trunk and branches
p1 Light sketch of rocky cliff
p2 Loose sketch of hills
p3 sketch of hilly shoreline
p4 hilly landscape with wagon in foreground
p5 study of wagon wheels
p6 panoramic landscape of hills. Inscribed lower left, "Oct 10' 77"
p7 View of hilly shoreline from water or across water. Inscribed lower center/right, "Oct 16 77"
p8 study of grasses.
p8verso small landscape/grass study
p9 Landscape sketch of a meadow. Farmhouse, trees, hay bails and windmill in background
p10 Loose sketch of coastline
p10verso rock study
p11 Study of rocky cliffs leading down to shoreline
p12 a few lines, primarily blank
p13 Panoramic landscape sketch
p14 Loose sketch of rocks
p15 Rock study
p16 Rocky beach. Inscribed lower center, "Beach [gray?]" and at lower right, "Oct 24'' 77"
p17 Rocky beach. Possibly an illegible inscription at lower left.
p18 Small sketch of shoreline
p19 scribbles, possibly study of rock
p20 Shoreline. Rocks in foreground with water and rocky beach in background. Inscribed at upper left "White"
p21 Rocky shoreline
p23 Rocky cliff looking down at body of water
p24 Studies of trees
p25 Studies of trees
p25verso Loose studies of flowers and plants
p26 Loose studies of flowers and plants
p26verso Studies of sheep
p27 Studies of sheep
p28 Study of three trees and a sheep
p29 Study of trees
p30 Loose study of trees
p31 studies of sheep
p32 studies of sheep
p33 horizon line, cloud study
p34 Shoreline. Inscribed lower center, "Nov 1' 1877"
p35 Shoreline. Inscribed lower center/right, "nov 1st 1877"
p36 Rocky hillside. Inscribed lower center/right, "nov 1' 77"
p37 HIllsides leading to shoreline. Inscribed lower center, "nov 1' 1877"
p38 Rocky hillsides. Inscribed lower center, "nov 1' 1877"
p39 Rocky hill. Inscribed lower right, "nov 1' 1877"
p40 Rocky hills leading to shoreline. Inscribed at lower right, "nov 1' 77"
p40verso Loose sketch of rocks
p41 Study of rocks. Inscribed lower right, "nov 1'. 1877"
p41verso light sketch of hilly shoreline
p42 Rocky hills leading to shoreline. Inscribed at lower right, "nov 1' 1877"
p43 Studies of sheep and plants. Inscribed lower right, "nov 1' 77"
p44 Rocky beach/shoreline
p45 Rocky beach/shoreline
p46 Rocky beach/shoreline
p47 Loose sketch of rocky shoreline
p47verso Loose sketch, scribbles. Illegible subject.
p48 Rocky shoreline
p49 Rocky shoreline
p50 Rocky shoreline
P51 Rocky shoreline
p52 Study of rocks
p52verso Loose study of rocks
p53 Loose study of rocky shoreline
p54 Oriented vertically, Study of trees
p54verso Loose sketch, scribbles. Possibly tree/branch study
p55 Landscape sketch with field and trees. Hill in background
p54 Trees and field, with fence in foreground
p54verso Page divided into two sketches, with line down middle. Both sketches of forest interiors.
p55verso Sketch of trees with bridge/tunnel
p56 Sketch of bridge/tunnel
p56verso Loose sketch of rocks and tree trunks
p57 Loose sketch of rocks and tree trunks
p57verso Loose sketch of rocks and tree trunks
p58 Loose sketch of tree branch
p58verso Loose sketch of forest interior
p59verso Loose sketch of forest interior
p60verso Loose sketch of forest interior
p61verso, small, loose sketch of forest interior
p62verso upside down, landscape sketch with house amid trees.
p63verso upside down, trees
p64verso upside down, loose landscape sketch
p65 study of tree trunk and branch
p65verso upside down, loose sketch of trees
p66 upside down, study of tree
p66verso, study of tree trunk and branches
p67 small sketch of male figure
Two Pages Excised
p68 small, loose sketch of farm animal (sheep?)
p68verso Two sketches of sailboats. Inscribed at left, "No 4-"
Inside back cover, small landscape sketch, study of a sheep, some other scribbles.
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William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905). Sketchbook, Newport Area, Landscape and Coastal Subjects, 1877. Graphite on paper, 4 7/8 x 7 11/16 in. (12.4 x 19.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Edith Ballinger Price, 75.15.14 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 75.15.14.jpg)
overall, 75.15.14.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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