Although Richards was a Philadelphian, he loved the coastline in and around Newport, Rhode Island and spent many years painting in that region. He loved to wander the area for inspiration and often painted small studies on shingles he would collect from a nearby lumberyard. The artist’s ability to create such a rich, warm scene on such a small surface is amazing. In a mere 5 by 9 inches he created a painting that can grab one’s attention from across a crowded room.
Appreciation for Richards’ works has been on the rise ever since the Metropolitan Museum mounted a well-reviewed show of his works in 1998. The small, gem-like works such as, “Newport,” are still relatively affordable, but great examples are becoming harder to find. This painting is in excellent condition and is in a fine, period frame.