Frederick DeBourg Richards
Date: American photographer, painter, and etcher, 1822–1903
Biography: Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Richards was a landscape painter and photographer. He moved to New York in 1844 and exhibited his work at the American Art Union. He settled in Philadelphia in 1848, where he opened a daguerreotype studio. He specialized in photographs of buildings and estates in and around Philadelphia. A large collection of his photographs is housed at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Richards was an active member of the Philadelphia Society of Artists, the Artist’s Fund Society, the Art Club of Philadelphia and a handful of other local organizations. His work was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the National Academy of Design.