Richard William Hubbard was an American painter noted for his exquisite attention to detail and the small scales in which he preferred to work.
He was an unusually educated man relative to his contemporaries, a graduate of Yale who had studied abroad during the 1840's. Despite his broad education and many travels, he is never known to have exhibited a picture of Europe. He is regarded as a painter of the Hudson River School of American artists.
His paintings are regarded as masterpieces of detail. Richard William Hubbard favored a small canvas on which he could spend enormous amounts of time giving attention to the smallest aspects. He put as much effort into the realism of his backgrounds as he put into the details of his subjects. It was unusual for an artist to mainly work in small paintings and most of his contemporaries spent their time producing much larger works. Hubbard's true genius, however, was to capture the significance of every part of an image and to render it with equal care and skill.
He was an Academician at the Academy of Design, exhibited in significant venues all over the world and was an active member in many art organizations.