Exhibition Notes: Matilda Browne’s Historic Lyme Street House, Part I—After the Revolution

by Carolyn Wakeman Feature Image: Matilda Browne, Untitled [Yellow House with Yellow Roses], after 1918. Oil on wood. Private Collection The colonial-era house on Lyme Street where artist Matilda Browne (1869–1947) lived for four years during the aftermath of World War I has stories to tell. A captivating painting of her house and gardens in dappled […]

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Exhibition Note: Viewing the River

by Carolyn Wakeman Featured Image: James Welling, 8147, 2016. Inkjet on rag paper. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York   Several of the boldly evocative photographic studies created for the Florence Griswold Museum’s fall 2016 exhibition In Place: Contemporary Photographers Envision a Museum direct the viewer’s gaze to the nearby Lieutenant River. Once […]

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Photographs: Setting the Holiday Table

by Carolyn Wakeman   Featured image: Griswold House table set with Fitzhugh china   Every holiday season when place settings with the green Fitzhugh pattern appear on the table in the Florence Griswold Museum’s historic dining room, questions arise about the origins of the distinctive porcelain. Visitors often assume that the place settings with the […]

Documents: Holiday Greetings from Afar

by Carolyn Wakeman Featured image: Harry Hoffman holiday card, White Family Collection, Lyme Historical Society Archives at the Florence Griswold Museum   Each year Lyme Art Colony painters designed holiday cards to share original works of art with relatives and friends. The cards received by artist Henry C. White (1861-1952) and his family, collected at […]

Cooking in Old Lyme: A Woman’s Highest Mission

by Carolyn Wakeman Feature Image: LYME Receipt Book, printed by G. A. Smith Steam Print, Lyme, Conn., 1886. Courtesy Carolyn Wakeman In 1886 a group of Old Lyme neighbors led by Mrs. Rosa Brown Griswold (1849-1907) organized the Neck Road Society to raise funds for community improvement projects. The ladies gathered favorite local recipes and produced […]

Landmarks: A Piece of the Porch

by Carolyn Wakeman Featured image: Volute detached from the porch of Florence Griswold House    A piece of hand-carved scrollwork, called a volute, that fell undamaged this week from the top of a column on the front porch of the Florence Griswold House lets us glimpse the artistry of unknown carpenters. Two rust-fringed nail holes […]