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Richard Wedderspoon

Painter
Born October 15, 1889, Red Bank, New Jersey
Died February 15, 1976, Yardley, Pennsylvania

Richard Wedderspoon began focusing on art after a broken collar bone ended his sports career. He graduated with honors from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1917 after being awarded the Cresson Traveling Scholarship in 1915-1916. At the Academy he studied under and was greatly influenced by Henry McCarter and Daniel Garber's two different styles. He later adopted a more impressionistic style like Garber's, painting mainly landscapes with trees and barns as focal points. Although Wedderspoon traveled in America and Europe, he found the most inspiration and did the most work in the Bucks County area. While he spent his winters in Syracuse teaching painting he lived on Phillips Mill Road in Solebury, and later in Yardley during the summers. A WWI veteran, Wedderspoon is buried at Arlington National Cementary in Washington, DC.

Image: Photograph of Richard Wedderspoon painting in Front Royal, Virginia, 1937, photo courtesy of Reginald J. Birks


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