Richard H. Tallant was an itinerant, self-taught artist from Ohio. On his way to developing a major artistic reputation in Colorado, Tallant sojourned in the Salt Lake Valley for at least two years, sketching, and painting. He kept studio space at 44 North Second West Street during the first couple of years of the 1890s. He was a member of the Denver Art Club from 1886-87 before he moved to Salt Lake City. Though his home is said to have been in Estes Park, Colorado, he is known to have been in Utah in 1889 through 1891. In Colorado he served as Justice of the Peace for an extended amount of time and was known as “Judge Tallant”. He was a landscape painter who focused on the Rocky Mountains, painted a view of the Great Salt Lake in 1890, and also worked in Zion Park.