Coastal Scene with Tree, Rocks
Richard deTreville (1864-1929)
Oil on Board, 5 x 10 inches
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Richard deTreville was born in in South Carolina in the midst of the Civil War. According to the Hughes biography, the artist was born "into a prominent old family of French ancestry", his grandfather having fought in the Revolutionary War with George Washington.
By 1892 he was in California, settling in Stockton where he began a publication called "Det's Magazine." In 1910, at the age of 46, he came to San Francisco and worked as a cartoonist for the Park Presidio News. Although deTreville was born in South Carolina, he is now considered a California artist. Accomplished and self-taught, he painted the natural beauty of California. A prolific painter who promoted his own work, his most commonly seen works are of the San Francisco Bay area, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, and Northern California.,
DeTreville's output was frequently unsigned. However, the handling, subject matter, brush-strokes, and color palette of this paining indicate the hand of the noted California painter. It is very similar to many of his paintings of the same subject matter, and has the same frame as used on many of his small paintings. We are confident it is one of his works.