Richardson Rome, born in Minneapolis, is noted for his 1920's and 30's etchings and block prints of Rocky Mountain National Park and his watercolors of many Colorado landscapes. "Dick" was an artist who was vitally interested in all of the natural beauty of the West. He drew from his experiences as a "dude wrangler" in Estes Park, Grand Lake and Rocky Mountain National Park to create artwork with rare insight into ranch and mountain scenes which are rich with experience, masterfully drawn and imaginatively executed.
Richardson Rome received his education in the schools of Minnesota and California, where his father was engaged in the practice of medicine. From childhood, he was interested in art, and after attending the University of Minnesota, he engaged in various art-related fields. He was an illustrator, an art editor, and later became associated with Alden Galleries of Kansas City.
He entered the field of graphic arts at about the same time he fell in love with the Colorado Rockies. It was in his studio in Estes Park that all of his early plates were made. These mountain etchings were so well received that he decided to travel to other parts of our country, etching typical scenes in each locale. However, he remained in Colorado, living and working in Estes Park, Grand Lake, Boulder and Aspen.
Richardson Rome is listed in "Who's Who in American Art" and is represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, The Brooklyn Museum of Art and the William Rockhill Nelson Museum in Kansas City.