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American landscape painter William Trost Richards is renowned for his landscapes and his association with the Pre-Raphaelite movement and the Hudson River School. His work is often associated with the neo-classical style of painting. Although his paintings are not as well-known as those of his contemporaries, he nevertheless had an enormous impact on art history. 

The artist was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and studied under German immigrant Paul Weber, as well as at the Dusseldorf Academy of Fine Arts, a center for young American artists. Following this education, Richards exhibited his first works at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1852, and was elected a full Academician in 1855. After his early career as an ornamental metalwork designer, he spent his summers sketching landscapes and marine subjects in the Catskills and the Adirondacks.

He began his career as a designer and became inspired by the art of the Pre-Raphaelites and the work of the Hudson River School. After graduating, Richards worked as an ornamental metalwork designer and became a full member of the National Academy of Design in 1871. In the 1850s, he visited Europe for the first time, and met painters in the Hudson River School. He visited Paris, Switzerland, and Italy, and spent several months in Dusseldorf.

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