Antique Pair Of Oil Paintings William Richards 19th C

Antique Pair Of Oil Paintings William Richards 19th C


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This is a delightful pair of antique oil on canvas paintings in their original gilded frames by the well known Victorian artist William Richards, c.1880 in date.

They are each signed W. Richards in the bottom left hand corner and feature a tranquil seascapes with fisherfolk carrying the days catch.

A beautiful pair that will look perfect anywhere.


In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 52 x Width 41 x Depth 5 - with frame

Height 40 x Width 29 - Canvas size

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 8 inches x Width 1 foot, 4 inches x Depth 2 inches - with frame

Height 1 foot, 4 inches x Width 11 inches - Canvas size

Oil painting is the process of painting with pigments with a medium of drying oil as the binder. Commonly used drying oils include linseed oil, poppy seed oil, walnut oil, and safflower oil. The choice of oil imparts a range of properties to the oil paint, such as the amount of yellowing or drying time. Certain differences, depending on the oil, are also visible in the sheen of the paints. An artist might use several different oils in the same painting depending on specific pigments and effects desired. The paints themselves also develop a particular consistency depending on the medium. The oil may be boiled with a resin, such as pine resin or frankincense, to create a varnish prized for its body and gloss.
Although oil paint was first used for Buddhist paintings by Indian and Chinese painters in western Afghanistan sometime between the fifth and tenth centuries, it did not gain popularity until the 15th century. Its practice may have migrated westward during the Middle Ages.

Oil paint eventually became the principal medium used for creating artworks as its advantages became widely known. The transition began with Early Netherlandish painting in Northern Europe, and by the height of the Renaissance oil painting techniques had almost completely replaced the use of tempera paints in the majority of Europe.
In recent years, water miscible oil paint has come to prominence and, to some extent, replaced traditional oil paint. Water-soluble paints contain an emulsifier that allows them to be thinned with water rather than paint thinner, and allows very fast drying times 1-3 days when compared with traditional oils 1-3 weeks.


W41.0 x H52.0 x D5.0 cm



Wear condition



William Richards

Date of manufacture



19th Century




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