A Mine of Beauty
Landscapes by William Trost Richards

September 29 - December 30, 2012

In collaboration with the Newport Art Museum, Rhode Island, the watercolors of William Trost Richards and Thomas Eakins, Harrison S. Morris, 1896, will be exhibited June 2 - September 9, 2012, as part of the Newport Art Museum’s Centennial Exhibition: From Pennsylvania to Paradise: William Trost Richards, Harrison Morris and the Art Association of Newport.

Galleries 8 and 9, Historic Landmark Building

In celebration of a recent gift of 110 William Trost Richards watercolors, PAFA will present the gift in its entirety in a focus exhibition in the Historic Landmark Building. The watercolors will be shown in conjunction with a selection of Richards oil paintings from both the permanent collection and select private collections.  These jewel-like watercolor landscapes by the American Pre-Raphaelite artist promise to delight visitors with their intimate scale and technical mastery of the watercolor medium.

Curator: Anna Marley, Curator of Historical American Art

Above: William Trost Richards, An Essay at Twilight, Newport, 1877, Watercolor on paper, 3 5/16 x 5 inches, Promised gift of Dorrance H. Hamilton in memory of Samuel M. V. Hamilton, 22.5.2008

This exhibition is supported in part by gifts from Mrs. Samuel M.V. Hamilton, Edward & Wendy Harvey, the Edna W. Andrade Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation, The Avery Galleries, Julie and James Alexandre, Mrs. J. Maxwell Moran, Bill and Laura Buck, Mrs. Benjamin Coates, Alan P. Slack, and William Vareika, William Vareika Fine Arts, Ltd. Major support for the exhibition's catalogue comes from the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, with additional support from the Newington-Cropsey Foundation.

PAFA's special exhibitions in 2012-13 are supported by generous contributions from Max N. Berry, Donald and Linda Caldwell, Jonathan L. Cohen, and Lori Levine Ordover and Janusz Ordover.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ public programs are funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency).

General operating support provided, in part, by