In the late 1890s, William T. Richards explored the remote Channel Islands between England and France, completing numerous plein air renditions of the impressive scenery.
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Some were later transformed into larger compositions and others, like Gull Rock, Guernsey, were finished works in and of themselves. In this painting, he captured the dramatic coastline found on the island’s southwest coast, formed over centuries by the oceanic winds and waves he loved to paint. Richards’ talent is manifested in his rendering of the churning current and weathered surface of the cliffs, and in the effective translation of sunlight and shadow.
Private collection, West Medford, Massachusetts
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 30897, June 1993
To private collection, West Newton, Massachusetts, September – November, 1994
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 31398, December 1994
To private collection, Barrington, Rhode Island, May 1995 to present
1). Estate stamp verso: Estate of William T. Richards
2). Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory on. 31398
3). Old sticker verso: 98