Old Orchard at Newport
Many Centennial-era Americans took an interest in the colonial period, which from the distance of 100 years seemed to qualify as an authentic historical past. Undertaking this painting of an old apple orchard in the coastal setting of Newport, Rhode Island, the painter William Trost Richards commented to a friend, "It was a neglected looking place . . . [and] there were suggestions of the early life, struggles and deaths of those who had cleared the wood, fought the Indians, and planted the orchards."
- Artist: William Trost Richards, American, 1833-1905
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1875
- Dimensions: 25 x 40 in. (63.5 x 101.6 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right: "Wm T. Richards. 1875"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Centennial Era, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 53.224
- Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. William T. Brewster through the National Academy of Design
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905). Old Orchard at Newport, 1875. Oil on canvas, 25 x 40 in. (63.5 x 101.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Mrs. William T. Brewster through the National Academy of Design, 53.224
- Record Completeness: Best (87%)