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A High Tide at Atlantic City

William Trost Richards

American Art

Already established as a landscape painter in oils, William Trost Richards began working in watercolor in earnest about 1870 and over the next decade was widely regarded as one of America’s best watercolorists. This turn to the medium coincided with a new focus on coastal subjects—watercolor was particularly well suited both to sketching outdoors and to capturing the constantly shifting climatic conditions at the water’s edge. He generally used an additive technique: laying down transparent washes of color and then applying touches of more opaque paints to create body and texture.
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor with touches of translucent watercolor on moderately thick, moderately textured wove paper
DATES 1873
DIMENSIONS 8 7/16 x 13 15/16 in. (21.4 x 35.4 cm) Frame: 16 3/8 x 21 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. (41.6 x 54 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower left: "W. T. Richards 1873"
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION William Trost Richards (American, 1833–1905). A High Tide at Atlantic City, 1873. Opaque watercolor with touches of translucent watercolor on moderately thick, moderately textured wove paper, 8 7/16 x 13 15/16 in. (21.4 x 35.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg, 86.142 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.142_SL3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 86.142_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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