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Richard, Richard (fl. 1930s-1960s) | Lake Forest College Archives and Special Collections

Name: Richard, Richard (fl. 1930s-1960s)
Variant Name: Richard, Dick

Historical Note: Richard (Dick) Richard flourished as an artist from the 1930s to the 1960s in Chicago, as chronicled in two notices by the Chicago Tribune's art critic, Eleanor Jewett, for October 1, 1939 (F4) and December 8, 1946 (F4) and by a series of Northern Trust Company holiday seasonal greeting cards reproducing (color halftone) paintings by him, from the 1950s and 1960s (Patrick Requa, donor, 2013).  The earlier of the two Tribune accounts praised his first one-man show, at the Ackermann Galleries, where he showed a group of landscape paintings.  Jewett declared him "the 'find' of the year."  The second notice, not the lead notice of Jewett's column,  announces his releasing "five engraved scenes of Chicago" on notepaper: the Aquarium, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute, Jakcson Park, and Lincoln Park.  These appeared three seasons after his 1943 Civic Opera Building 1944 calendar engraved print was distributed, and were in the same vein--suggesting that this was well received.  "Dick" Richard's spouse was Eleanor Duke, also an artist creating prints used in the Chicago Tribune, and this may have explained the artist's getting these notices, the second for a relatively modest project--even if characterized by "exquisite precision," as is also evidenced in the Civic Opera Building view, 1943.

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