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Oil on Canvas

Canvas size: 30x20 in./76x51 cm.
Frame size: 36x26 in./93x67.5 cm.

Herbert Davis Richter was born in Brighton, Sussex on the 10th. May 1874. He painted in oils, pastels and watercolour and his subjects in-cluded architectural views, interiors and figures but it is for his flower paintings that he is best known. When his family moved to Bath he en-rolled in the Bath School of Art, where he studied design, and was in business in Bath becoming Director of the Bath Cabinet Makers Com-pany and Bath Artefacts, Ltd., and Lecturer between 1895-1906. It was in 1906 he decided to study at the newly opened London School of Art under Sir Frank Brangwyn, R.A. (1867-1956) and John Macallan Swan, R.A. (1847-1910). Within three years Richter had become teacher in the 'Life Class' and demonstrator in figure composition. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1906 and became a Member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1910; Pastel Society 1916; Royal Institute of Oil Painters 1917; Royal Institute of Painters in Watercol-our 1920; Royal British Colonial Society 1927; Royal Society of Paint-ers in Watercolour 1937. In the book "The Art of H. Davis Richter" written by H. Granville Fell, the author writes eulogistically, 'His pref-erences, and his adoption of a certain manner, are simply the outcome of an ingrained worship of natural form. The opulence of Nature suf-fices in his case, supplying him with all he needs, and from the reconsti-tution and recombination of its countless units, so happily suggestive, he has evolved a style both highly personal and intensely decorative which consorts to perfection with all the legitimate needs of human life to-day!!'

Herbert Davis Richter exhibited in the provinces as well as the leading London Galleries, including one man exhibitions at the St. George's Gallery in 1923, and the Leicester Gallery in 1925. His highly personal style was to win him many admirers and his works are held in many private and public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Mu-seum in London. His brother Charles Augustus, born in 1867 and his wife Gertrude born 1879, were both artists and exhibited their works between 1926-1939 and 1908-1927 respectively. After an extremely successful career which included painting the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, with his gracious permission of his majesty King George V, (Exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1936 No. 197) and the writing of a number of books such as "Flower Painting in Oil and Watercolour". He died on the 21st. August 1955

EXHIBITED:- 1906-1951
105 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour
102 Royal Institute of Painters in Oil
74 Royal Academy
65 Royal Society of British Artists
49 Royal Hibernian Academy
45 Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts
43 Royal Scottish Academy
37 Goupil Gallery 37 Leicester Gallery
33 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
18 International Society
15 Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours
13 Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham
12 Ridley Art Gallery
9 Fine Art Society 7 Baille Gallery
3 Grosvenor Gallery
2 Chenil & New Chenil Galleries
1 Colnaghi & Co. Galleries