24 augustus 2009

~Florence Griswold ~

florence    
Florence Griswold opened her timeworn family home
to artists searching for a quiet country retreat where
they could rejuvenate their spirits and find sources
of inspiration. The group was known as the Lyme Art Colony
and Miss Florence's boardinghouse became the center
of Impressionism in America. To honor Miss Florence
and the Colony, the Florence Griswold Museum was
established and has flourished in exciting ways. 
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florence 
Who was this remarkable woman?
One of four children of a ship captain, Miss Florence
was born on Christmas Day, 1850 and raised in the finest
house on the main street of a thriving Connecticut town.
Old Lyme, a center of shipbuilding and commerce,
was established in the early 1600s and counted the
Griswolds among the town's oldest families.
Their Late Georgian-style mansion, built in 1817 on
a twelve-acre estate, was purchased by Captain Robert Griswold
for his bride Helen Powers in 1841.
The family's and the town's fortunes reversed, however,
as a result of the Civil War and the invention of
steam-powered vessels. To survive financially
the Griswolds turned their home into a school and
eventually a boarding house.
By the late 1890s only Miss Florence was left to
maintain the family homestead. Soon she,and the town,
would transform and survive in unexpected ways.
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Will Howe Foote (1874-1965).
Matilda Browne (1869-1947).
The Florence Griswold House, Originally built
in 1817 for William Noyes, Jr.,
a son of Judge William Noyes,
the house was designed by Hartford builder
Samuel Belcher, who was already at work on
Old Lyme’s Congregational Church.
In 1839, the house was sold to Richard Ely
and in 1841 to the sea captain Robert Griswold.
By the 1930s, Florence Griswold was in debt and
her property was sold, although the land’s new owner,
Judge Robert McCurdy Marsh, who built a new house,
allowed her to live in the old house until
her death on December 6 1937.
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William Chadwick.
William Chadwick The artist William Chadwick often used Miss Florence
as a model and once featured her at the piano
and reading a book on the sofa!
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Florence Griswold House

In 1941, the house was purchased by the Florence
Griswold Association and opened as a museum in 1947.
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Florence Griswold Museum, exhibiting both art
and historical material. The house was declared
a National Historic Landmark in 1993. In July 2007
the building reopened after a 14-month restoration project.
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Will Howe Foote (1874-1965)
The museum features a collection of American art
and history, including fine art, sculpture, works on paper,
artist's studio material, toys and dolls, ceramics,
furniture, textiles, decorative arts and historic artifacts,
and the Lyme Historical Society archives.
.william chadwick 1908

The side porch of the Griswold House became an
extension of the interior space, and served as an open-air
dining room. Meals were taken here in warm weather,
with views of the gardens and barns beyond.
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Harry Hoffman (1874-1966) 
~Visit to the museum~

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Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858-1925).

4 opmerkingen:

Hermes zei

What great pictures, never seen a photo of her before.

Heidi zei

I found this so interesting. I have never heard of Florence Griswold before. What wonderful photos of her as well as the paintings. Thanks for sharing!

Hugs en groetjes ~
Heidi

Marja Visscher zei

Heb wat moeite gehad met de KPN, werd er telkens uitgegooid. Moest met zo'n domme dongel werken die héééél langzaam is. Maar na een nieuwe modem weer een frisse kijk op alle blogs, heerlijk!! Weet je wat nu zo leuk is, dat ik nog niet zo lang geleden het boek van Charles Perrault kocht voor een kennisje die het verzamelt en dat ik Kay Nielsen ook kende. Veel van hem gelezen. Ben nog even in het museum gaan kijken, dat je in je laatste post zette. Maar dat viel me een beetje tegen, ik had veel meer afbeeldingen verwacht en het museum is eigenlijk een heel modern museum. Had zo'n oud slotachtig museum in mijn hoofd. Nou, ja een mens fantaseert blijkbaar overal wat bij.
Maar kort en goed, heb weer genoten van mijn inhaalslag. Maar dat is het al gauw op je blog, waar haal je de informatie toch allemaal vandaan. Geweldig! Altijd weer leuk om te lezen en te kijken. Vaak blijft er iets hangen wanneer ik op boekenbeurzen en boekenmarkten dingen tegen kom waarvan ik informatie op je blog heb ontvangen. Maakt het bezoek aan zo'n boekenmarkt vaak toch effe leuker!
Fijne avond nog!
Liefs, Marja

Aputsiaq zei

Adore the paintings!!! ;O))