William Trost Richards
- William Trost Richards
- Gray Cliff - Conanicut
- signed W. T. Richards. and dated 95. (lower left)
- oil on canvas
- 19 1/2 by 32 inches
- (49.5 by 81.3 cm)
Thomas Emlen Shipley Sr., Philadelphia, circa 1940 (by descent from above)
Anne Emlen Shipley, Hatfield, Philadelphia, 1973 (by descent from above)
David Hatfield, Portland, Oregon, 2001 (by descent from above)
Acquired from the above by the present owner
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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William Trost Richards first summered in Newport, Rhode Island in 1874 and immediately became entranced by its natural beauty. After several years abroad, he returned to Newport in 1880 to find it had become too crowded for his taste. Across the Narragansett Bay, he found the island of Conanicut more suitable to his need for isolation and built a home there in 1881. This home, where he enjoyed many summers with his family, was named Greycliff after the granite cliffs on the coast line.