Florence Griswold Museum
Florence Griswold House
Florence Griswold House in 2014
|Location||96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Connecticut|
|Architectural style||Late Georgian|
|NRHP Reference #||93001604|
|Added to NRHP||April 19, 1993|
|Designated NHL||April 19, 1993|
The Florence Griswold Museum is an art museum at 96 Lyme Street in Old Lyme, Connecticut centered on the home of Florence Griswold (1850-1937), which was the center of the Old Lyme Art Colony, the main center of development of American Impressionism. The museum is noted for its collection of American Impressionist paintings. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1993.
In 2001, the Museum acquired the corporate collection of the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, once the world's largest insurer against equipment breakdown. The collection included 157 oil paintings, 31 works on paper and 2 works of sculpture, all Connecticut-related.
- Portrait of a Man by Harlan Page (1815)
- The Charter Oak at Hartford by Frederic Church in 1946
- Shore of Darien, Connecticut John F. Kensett (1872)
- View of Greenwich, Connecticut David Johnson (1878)
- The Fisher Boy (1840) by Edwin White
- Black Bass (1872) by Gordon Trumbull
- East Rock, New Haven John Ferguson Wier 1901
- East Hartford Meadow Milton Avery (1922)
- Summer Evening, (1886) a Woman at the window Childe Hassam
- Laurel, Edward F. Rook 1905-1910
Florence Griswold House
The Florence Griswold House in Old Lyme, Connecticut was a boarding house run by Florence Griswold, where American Impressionist artists lived and painted—often directly on the walls and doors of the house. The building is now part of the campus of the Florence Griswold Museum.
Leading artists of the Old Lyme Art Colony who stayed at the boarding house were Henry Ward Ranger, Edward Charles Volkert, Childe Hassam, and Willard Metcalf. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and his family dined with "Miss Florence" and the artists in the house.
Appearance and layout
I saw a charming house that appeared like a Roman temple among the trees. Admiringly, I beheld the broad steps surmounted by four huge ionic columns that towered to the roof and formed a magnificent adornment to the mansion's front, the handsome old doorway of which stood hospitably open. — Arthur Heming, artist of the Lyme Art Colony
The entire first floor has been furnished to reflect its appearance in about 1910, the height of its years as an artists' boarding house. Visitors enter through a wide center hall, where an "informal gallery" displays paintings on grass cloth walls. The hall also contains Colonial and Empire furniture. Two bedrooms are off the hallway — Miss Florence's bedroom and a guest bedroom. A parlor on the first floor has artists' brushes on the mantel. In that room the artist-boarders would present various types of entertainment for each other. The second floor is exhibition space.
Samuel Belcher, architect of the Old Lyme Congregational Church, designed the late Georgian-style house for William Noyes. It was built in 1817.
The artists who painted on the house's doors and walls were probably following a tradition imported from hostelries in the French art colonies at Barbizon, Giverny, and Pont-Aven. A total of 41 painted panels are in the downstairs rooms.
- List of National Historic Landmarks in Connecticut
- National Register of Historic Places listings in New London County, Connecticut
- "Florence Griswold House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-03.
- The Griswold Celebrates New Space and New Art , William Zimmer, June 30, 2002, New York Times http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9900EEDB143EF933A05755C0A9649C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all
- Zimmer, William (June 30, 2002). "ART; The Griswold Celebrates New Space and New Art". The New York Times. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
- Web page titled "Florence Griswold House" at the Florence Griswold Museum Web site, accessed January 8, 2007
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