The Otter Cliffs, Mount Desert, Maine


Size: 36 1/2 x 29 inches (92.7 x 73.7 cm)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signed and dated lower right: Wm T. Richards. / 1866
Why We Love It

We believe that Richards’ seascapes are the best portrayals of the American seascape extant. Throughout his career he painted the eastern seaboard from Maine to New Jersey. The Otter Cliffs, Mount Desert, Maine is a powerful tribute to the majesty of the open sea and the sublime forces of nature. In this vast coastal scene, Richards depicts the waves as they crash onto the jagged rocks, creating the turbulent atmosphere of this marine drama. For anyone who has visited the area, even today, the coastal plane and ocean water he recorded is unmistakably true to nature.

The Value

Richards coastal scenes are some of his best and most powerful paintings. His ability to capture the raw elements of nature made these works as collectable in his own lifetime as they are today. Indeed, much of Richards career was spent painting the seascapes he so loved. He never tired of the subject, which is evident in the expertise he devoted to each work.