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Richeson Weston Half French Easel
Richeson Weston Half French Easel

Richeson Weston Half French Plein Air Easel

The Richeson Weston Half French Easel is a lighter version of the traditional french easel and suitable for plein air painting. You can also fold up its legs and use the easel on a tabletop — helpful when you’re short on floor space.

Company name: Richeson


Pochade box name: Richeson Weston Half French Easel

Type: Compact French

Price range  $295

Weight:  10lb, 4.54kg

Palette size: 11″ x 16″, 28cm x 41cm

Construction: Wood

Average Rating: 2.0 stars (based on 2 ratings)


The easel holds canvas up to 34″ high, has a drawer for storing supplies and comes with a hinged wooden palette, which measures 11″ × 16″.

Richeson Weston Half French Easel
Richeson Weston Half French Easel

When fully open, the easel measures 73″H × 45″W × 31¾”D. When closed, it measures 10¼”W × 22½”L × 3″D. It includes an attached carry strap for carrying around.


The easel is made of beechwood.

How to set it up

Setup involves extending the legs and tightening a series of thumbscrews.


To compare it with other plein air easels, see my Guide to Plein Air Easels.
To compare it with other pochade boxes, see my Guide to Pochade Boxes.

Reviews of Richeson Weston Half French Easel

Heavy but sturdy

This easel will hold canvas steady up to 34″ , 86cm high and so is suitable for larger work. However the supplied palette size is very small.  This means the easel rates very low on the palette area to weight efficiency ratio. You can use a custom larger palette and clamp it to the easel… Read more “Heavy but sturdy”

Barry Raybould

What a mistake

I grew to hate this plein air easel. It is so poorly made that various parts had to be replaced and some of the metal pieces are not available and were cheeply made to begin with. I don’t use it and have replaced it with another type of… Read more “What a mistake”

Joan Whitley
United States

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