Alfred Thompson Bricher was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Bricher’s early years gave little hint of the artistic expression that would consume his life. While working as a businessman in the late 50s, Bricher began studding art at the Lowell Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1858, Bricher opened his own studio in Newburyport, Massachusetts and a year later opened a studio in Boston.
He created his first documented work, a landscape of the New England shore, in 1864. Thereafter, the subject of his beautiful romantic watercolors invariably depicted an ocean, lake, shore, or stream, often with mountains as a backdrop and highlighted with splashes of vibrant color.
Alfred Thompson Bricher’s many accomplishments include: gaining member status of the American Society of Painters in Water Colors in 1874, display at an exhibit at the Philadelphia Centennial in 1876, election to associate of the National Academy of Design in 1879, and presentation in an exhibit at the Gill’s Art Gallery.
Alfred Thompson Bricher passed away on September 30, 1908, in his home in Staten Island, New York.