Indian Summer, 1875
From 1846 to 1847, Richards attended Central High School in his hometown. Between 1850 and 1855 he studied - also in Philadelphia - with the German painter Paul Weber, where he met the painter William Stanley Haseltine in 1853. At the same time he worked as a designer of handicraft metal products for the company Archer, Warner & Miskey, in particular for fittings for gas lighting and for candelabras. 1852 he had his first exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in 1858 another exhibition in New Bedford (Massachusetts) organized by the painter Albert Bierstadt.