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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Richard Rummell
Richmond College
Littig and Company, 1915
20 X 29 in. unframed, 25 X 34 in. framed

At the turn of the 20th century, the accomplished landscape artist Richard Rummell (1848-1924) painted a panoramic bird’s eye view watercolor of Richmond College. From this watercolor, a copper-plate was engraved and a limited number of pulls (engravings) were distributed.

Unlike any other view of Richmond College from the period, the Rummell plate is a glorious panoramic view of the entire campus. At a glance, Richmond’s stately and patented architectural style, “collegiate gothic,” is easily recognized, including Keller, South Court, North Court, and Robins. Details of the view include a swim platform going to the center of Westhampton Lake, a boxcar full of coal arriving at the plant, an early model automobile on the road in front of where Boatwright library now stands, and the outlines of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the horizon.

Printed on fine woven paper from the original 1915 engraved copper-plate by a master printer and hand-colored by a team of experts, framed to museum specifications in acid-free mat with high grade plexiglas and fine wood frame.

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