Addison Richards-also known as Thomas Addison Richards-was an American painter known for his landscape paintings of and travel articles about the American South.
Richards was a native of London whose family had immigrated to the US in 1831. They lived in New York at first and then moved to Charleston, South Carolina. Eventually, the family settled in Georgia.
Addison Richards moved to Augusta, Georgia where he enjoyed a career as a teacher of art and as a writer for the Augusta Mirror. He left on an expedition to sketch the South in 1841. He and his brother William Cary, started their own magazine, Georgia Illustrated, a year later which featured Addison's work.
Richards worked frequently as an illustrator and an author of travel articles over the course of his career. Though his paintings are well-regarded, it is his involvement in the publishing industry that made him a force in the art of the American South and in bringing the natural beauty of its landscapes to worldwide attention.
Richards continued teaching toward the end of his career. He taught at New York University, the National Academy of Design and the Brooklyn art Association throughout the late 1800's. He died in Annapolis, Maryland.