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20 11, 2019

Sid Richardson Hosts the President

2020-01-22T09:31:07-06:00November 20th, 2019|0 Comments

**Researched and written by independent scholar Deborah Reed** How did the seventh child of an East Texas peach farmer and saloon owner become America’s richest man and host to the President of the United States?  Like any good story involving Sid Richardson, one should settle down for a spell of swapping spit over the fence. The first time Sid Richardson hosted a president was in the summer of 1937.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt left Washington for a fishing trip on the Texas coast Friday, April 30.  However, Richardson’s part of the story starts much earlier with meeting the President’s second [...]

16 10, 2019

The Most Famous Architect Nobody Knows

2020-01-22T09:29:44-06:00October 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Memories of Carroll Smith, Chief Draftsman for the Richardson/Bass Companies – 2006, Oral History conducted by former museum staff, Debi Carl. Debi Carl:  Tell me about the island.  I’ve never had the opportunity to go there.  I think I know the story about how Sid acquired it.   What I’ve heard Clint Murchison owned the one adjacent to it and Sid spent so much time down there that Clint said, “The one next door’s for sale, why don’t you just buy it?”  (Laughter) And he did. Carroll Smith:  He got it for a song.  He didn’t have to pay very much [...]

18 09, 2019

The Island Collection

2020-01-22T09:26:43-06:00September 18th, 2019|2 Comments

St. Joseph (San José) Island, 8 miles east of the coast of Rockport, TX, is a sand barrier island in Aransas County. The St. Joseph Island Ranch, a stretch of land 19 miles long and up to 5 miles wide, was purchased by Richardson in 1936. Exterior, Sid W. Richardson Residence | MAYNARD L. PARKER (1900-1976) | ca.1947 | Courtesy of The Huntington Library, San Marino, California “[Mr. Richardson] enjoyed [San Jose Island] because he could go down there and get away from everything and Perry [Sid’s nephew] liked that because he’d go down there and he liked to fish [...]

19 08, 2019

“A Fortune in Oils: Sid Richardson’s Personal Collection” Debuts at Sid Richardson Museum

2020-01-22T09:23:55-06:00August 19th, 2019|Comments Off on “A Fortune in Oils: Sid Richardson’s Personal Collection” Debuts at Sid Richardson Museum

For Immediate Release:  August 19, 2019 Media Contact: Lindsey Campbell, 210-223-2772 “A Fortune in Oils: Sid Richardson’s Personal Collection” Debuts at Sid Richardson Museum Special exhibit features a rarely seen look at the life of the man dubbed the “billionaire bachelor” (FORT WORTH, TX) – The Sid Richardson Museum is presenting a special exhibit to give visitors a more personal look at its namesake, Sid Williams Richardson. The limited-run exhibit, "A Fortune in Oils: Sid Richardson’s Personal Collection," will debut September 14, 2019 and will be on display through March 2020. "A Fortune in Oils" interweaves Richardson’s personal collection of Western [...]

16 08, 2019

A Fortune in Oils

2020-01-22T09:23:36-06:00August 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Opening September 14, 2019, A Fortune in Oils: Sid Richardson's Personal Collection is a special exhibition that honors Sid Williams Richardson (1891-1959), who left a legacy through his personal collection of western masterworks and the foundation he established in 1947. Woven through the letters, photographs, publications, and his beloved paintings on display is the story of a plain-spoken, unpretentious, and intensely private man whose wealth, earned principally from West Texas petroleum, enabled him to pursue his interests as a cattleman, philanthropist, and collector of paintings. Peter Hurd, Portrait of Sid Richardson, 1958, Oil on panel, 32 x 48 inches [...]

23 07, 2019

Sid Richardson Museum Names Scott Winterrowd Director

2020-01-22T09:21:14-06:00July 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on Sid Richardson Museum Names Scott Winterrowd Director

For Immediate Release:  July 23, 2019 Media Contact: Scott Winterrowd, 817.332.6554 Sid Richardson Museum Names Scott Winterrowd Director (FORT WORTH, TX) – Scott Winterrowd has been appointed director of the Sid Richardson Museum, effective July 1, 2019. He succeeds Mary E. Burke, who will assist with the leadership transition and retire August 31st after having directed the museum since January of 2012. "Scott Winterrowd is a widely-recognized leader in the field of museum education. He has a distinguished record of service spanning 24 years at some of our nation’s finest museums. He is well- prepared to lead the strong team [...]

17 07, 2019

The Great Outdoors

2020-05-28T18:18:00-05:00July 17th, 2019|0 Comments

Whether through canoeing, hiking, or camping, Frederic Remington was a man who loved the outdoors. The artist once wrote a friend, “if I had money enough I would live in a bark camp the year round.” The artworks on display in our current exhibit, Another Frontier: Frederic Remington’s East, depict landscapes with which the artist was familiar and personally enjoyed, from forested fields to choppy river waters. Thus the theme for this year’s Summer Camp @ The Sid: The Great Outdoors. During Summer Camp, our junior campers explored the many facets of our collection and special exhibition: looking for all [...]

10 06, 2019

Remington’s Fortress of Rest

2020-01-22T09:18:24-06:00June 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Although Remington spent his childhood growing up in rural Ogdenburg, New York, as a young man he quickly made his way to New York City where he spent most of his career. As he matured, Remington divided his time between the city and the country, which in this case was his childhood home in a region of New York state that's referred to as the North Country. By 1900, he had purchased an island in the North Country on the St. Lawrence River, an island he called Ingleneuk. Chippewa Bay, Frederic Remington Art Museum “I am in Chippewa Bay 10 [...]

15 05, 2019

The Yale Alumnus

2020-01-22T09:15:57-06:00May 15th, 2019|0 Comments

In the spring of 1878, Remington wrote to his Uncle Horace Sackrider, “I am going to try and get into Cornell College this coming June and if I succeed will be a Journalist. I mean to study for an artist anyhow, whether I ever make a success of it or not.” Unfortunately for Remington, Cornell University did not have a journalism department at that time. Fortunately for us, Remington enrolled in the newly created School of Fine Arts at Yale instead. Our blog featured a previous post about Remington’s time at Yale, which was short. His collegiate career last about [...]

17 04, 2019

For the Love of Birch Bark

2020-07-08T12:17:29-05:00April 17th, 2019|0 Comments

Remington loved canoeing. Despite his weight gain in his later years, which kept him from his love of horse riding, he quipped that he could always float. “If properly equipped, a man who sits at a desk the year through can find no happier days than he will in his canoe when the still waters run through the dark forests and the rapid boils below.” – Remington, 1893 Ingleneuk, Photo Album (Frederic Remington with Canoe), Frederic Remington Art Museum In the summer of 1892, Remington purchased a canoe and embarked on a 50 mile journey paddling the Oswegatchie [...]