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Volney Allan Richardson (American, 1880-1955) artist, painter, illustrator, muralist, decorative painter, teacher and lecturer, primarily known for his paintings of floral still lifes, landscapes, murals, forestscapes, marine/harbor scenes, townscapes, figurative works, portraits, genre-human activity. Richardson typically worked in oil but was known to use watercolors as well. Volney was born in 1880 in Attica, NY to parents William Duane Richardson (b. 1835-, NY) and Olive Jennett (sometimes listed as Janett, née Barross, b. 1838-, NY), and had an older sister Inez I. Richardson-Kimmel (b. 1860-, NY) and older brother Lee Grant Richardson (b. 1866-, NY). After attending Attica High School, Volney studied at the Buffalo School of Fine Arts at the Albright Art Gallery (now known as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery) in Buffalo, NY, with William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916). Other early and private instructors included Frank Vincent DuMond (American, 1865-1951), Charles Webster Hawthorne (American, 1872-1930), George DeForest Brush (American, 1855-1941), Frank Swift Chase (American, 1886-1958), Lucius Wolcott Hitchcock (American, 1868-1942), Howard Pyle (American, 1853-1911), and George Brandt Bridgman (American, 1865-1943). He also studied at the Art Students' League of Buffalo, NY, and the Art Students' League in New York City under Edward Dufner (American, 1872-1957), after winning the New York scholarship in 1905. For about six years circa 1907-1912, he did illustrations for New York periodicals & books, and was also commissioned to do paintings for the American Lithographic Company. Some of the publications included Ladies' World, McCall's, The People's Home Journal and interior color illustrations for Mary Holland McNeish-Kinkaid's book The Man of Yesterday: A Romance of a Vanishing Race, (1908). Volney had many successful exhibitions including; the Buffalo Society of Artists and at the Albright Art Gallery (now the Albright-Knox Art Gallery), Buffalo, NY, the Art Students' League of Buffalo and NYC, and at the Easy Street Gallery in Nantucket. MA. He was a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists and was a charter member of the first Arts Club of Buffalo. He resided at 346 Woodlawn Avenue in Buffalo, NY, and maintained his studio at 309 Elmwood Avenue in the city. He died in 1955, Houston, TX. Reference: askart.com

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