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Artist Biography

 A beloved and admired figure among American painters, Richard William Hubbard was close friend of Sanford Robinson Gifford. A native of Connecticut, Hubbard attended Yale University, and graduated with the class of 1837. He then moved to New York City where he studied painting under Samuel F.B. Morse and possibly Daniel Huntington. From 1840 to 1841, he studied abroad in England and Paris where he was influenced by the landscapes of Claude Lorrain. He returned to the United States in 1842, first settling in Brooklyn and later in New York City, where he lived for the remainder of his life. One of Hubbard’s favorite subjects was Lake George, and he seems to have focused most of his attention on locations throughout New York and New England. Hubbard preferred to paint on a relatively small scale, and was noted for his ability to effectively combine intricate foreground details with panoramic and atmospheric backgrounds. For many years he maintained a studio on Washington Square and later at the famous Tenth Street Studio Building.

Hubbard exhibited his paintings for over forty years at the National Academy of Design, which elected him an Associate in 1851, and Academician in 1858. He also exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Association, American Art Union, Artist’s Fund Society, Century Association, and the Boston Athenaeum. His works are housed in important public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT; Peabody Institute, Baltimore; Museum of Art at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

John Driscoll, All That is Glorious Around Us: Paintings From the Hudson River School (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1997)
Peter Hastings Falk, Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975 (Madison, CT: Soundview Press, 1999)