Born in Readfield, ME in 1855. Richardson spent his childhood in Red Wing, MN. He was active in California from the the early 1880s, although he lived in Minneapolis where he was a supervisor of drawing in the public schools. He married a Monterey artist in 1886 and was in California regularly after that time. Winters were often spent on the Monterey Peninsula and summers in Alaska. When the Del Monte Gallery in Monterey was formed in 1907, Richardson was one of two artists commissioned by the gallery to copy a portrait of Father Junípero Serra, founder of the Carmel Mission. On his way west Richardson often sketched Indians and in California painted landscapes and missions; however, it is his icy scenes of Alaska which brought him
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers
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1912-15; Art News, 12-19-1914 (obituary); Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs
(Bénézit, E); The Alaska Journal, Winter 1973.Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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