Franconia Notch New Hampshire, 1872
After his marriage to Anna Matlack, he went on summer study trips to the Catskill Mountains, the Adirondack Mountains and Pennsylvania. In 1862 he was made an honorary member of the National Academy of Design, in 1871 its full member (Academician). In 1863 he was also appointed a member of the Society for the Advancement of Truth in Art, an organization of American pre-Raphaelites. After his second trip to Europe (1866/1867), Richards spent his summers on the American east coast, where he painted many of his famous coastal landscapes.