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 Francis Henry Richardson  (1859 - 1934)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: landscape, portrait and rural figure painting

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Francis Henry Richardson
from Auction House Records.
Afternoon Effect, Isle of Shoals
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Biography from Ipswich Historical Society:
Francis Henry Richardson (1857-1934) was born in Boston and studied draftsmanship and architecture as a young man. Setting his goals on becoming a serious painter, he studied with Alice Knowlton and William Morris Hunt in Boston. In 1886, Richardson sailed to Paris to join his friends Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf, and others to continue his art education at the Academie Julian where he was a student of Gustave Boulanger, Lucien Doucet, Jules Lefebvre, Jean Paul Laurens, and Benjamin Constant.

He exhibited at the Salon in 1889, 1890, and l894-1899, receiving Honorable Mention for A Summer Evening--Etaples in 1899. During the years 1890-91, he traveled to Spain, Italy, and North Africa in the company of Colin Campbell Cooper. In Paris, his studio was in the same building with Arthur Wesley Dow and Henry Rodman Kenyon. These three would return to the United States and settle in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Richardson lived in Ipswich from 1902 until his death. He maintained studios in Boston and Ipswich and taught summer school in Ipswich for several years.

Among exhibition venues were the National Academy of Design, Pennsylvania Academy, American Water Color Society, Art Institute of Chicago, Salmagundi Club, Corcoran Gallery and the Detroit Museum of Art. In 1902 he received the Philadelphia Art Society medal and in 1903 the Boston Art Club Purchase Prize. He was active on the North Shore of Massachusetts in the arts community and exhibited frequently at the Gloucester Society of Arts and the North Shore Art Association.

His oeuvre included water color, oils, and pastels. During his years in Europe, his paintings often feature people in artistic settings; his later works were mostly New England landscapes, but he continued to do portraits on commission.

He married Frances Elizabeth Hill in 1894. They had two children, Eleonore and Jerome. Many of his portraits in France feature his wife and later his daughter Eleonore. In New England his children appear in a few of his landscapes. He and his life long friend Henry Kenyon painted together often, both in France and in Ipswich.

Several of his paintings are on permanent exhibit at the Ipswich Historical Museum in Ipswich at 54 South Main Street.

The Ipswich Painters at Home and Abroad, 1993, was the catalog accompanying the show of the same name featuring Arthur Wesley Dow, John Worthington Mansfield, Henry Rodman Kenyon, Theodore Wendel, and Richardson. Ingrid Swanson co-curated the show at the Cape Ann Historical Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts. David Sellin co-authored the catalog.

Recent exhibitions:
2011--Ipswich Museum, Francis Henry Richardson: The European Years 1886-1900, curated by Stephanie R. Gaskins

Written and submitted by Stephanie Gaskins, Dow Curator at the Ipswich Museum and granddaughter of Francis Henry Richardson

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