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Artist Biography

Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1837, Alfred Thompson Bricher spent most of his childhood in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He was primarily a self-taught artist, though he may have attended art classes at the Lowell Institute while working in a dry-goods store in Boston. Bricher followed many of his contemporaries to the favored locales of the Hudson River School artists, painting panoramic views of the White Mountains, the Adirondacks, the Catskills, and the Hudson River Valley. Bricher opened his own studio in Boston in 1859, and from then on his work steadily gained in popularity and by the mid 1860s was being reproduced by the Boston lithographic firm of L. Prang & Company.

Bricher moved to New York City in 1868, where he began to exhibit at the National Academy of Design, and became very active with the Artists’ Fund Society, The Brooklyn Art Association, and the American Society of Painters in Water Colors. Bricher continued to paint his Hudson River School subjects until about 1873, when he turned almost exclusively to panoramic seascapes of the New England and Long Island coast. During his lifetime, Bricher was a member of the National Academy of Design, the American Water Color Society, and the Boston Art Club.

Bricher’s work can be found in many private and museum collections including the de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg, FL; Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain; and The White House, Washington, DC.