Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Painter's Sampler

Nowadays we might show a prospective client a folder of images on an iPhone. But in 1860, William Trost Richards (1833-1905) created this "Painter’s Sampler," to show what he could do.

Thirteen miniature canvases are mounted up together. They show a range of conventional landscape compositions. I can just image him saying... "I can paint you a Hudson River sunset, or a summer meadow, a nautical, or a cabin in the woods, or a forest interior...."
This comes from a private collection and was exhibited at a Hudson River School exhibition called "American Scenery" at the Dorsky Museum of Art


Anonymous said...

It's like a resume!

Kevin Mayes said...

Awesome! A mini-portfolio 1800's style! I have heard of these but had not seen one. Thanks for posting this.

Robert J. Simone said...

I wonder how big that is.....each image must be pretty small, no?