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1820-1829

Durrie

Connecticut

United States

The World

Paintings


Durrie

1820

George Henry Durrie is born in New Haven, CT on June 6th.


The World

1821

Napoleon, the famous French political and military leader, dies on May 5th, in St. Helena.





1830-1839

Durrie

Connecticut

United States

The World

Paintings


United States

1831

The staunch abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison begins publishing his antislavery paper, The Liberator, that would become a critical part of the abolitionist movement.

Paintings

1831

Thomas Cole paints Study for a Wild Scene, now in the Florence Griswold Museum.


Connecticut

1832

Yale University Art Gallery, the oldest college art museum in the country, is founded after a generous donation from John Trumbull.


The World

1833

Slavery is abolished in the British Empire.


Connecticut

1836

Samuel Colt, Hartford resident, receives U.S. patent for the revolver.


Connecticut

1838

Railroad completed between New Haven and Hartford.


Durrie

1839

George Durrie and his older brother John (1818-1890) begin taking art lessons from Nathaniel Jocelyn (1796-1881), a New Haven engraver and portraitist.
Durrie begins to paint portraits in the Bethany and Hartford areas.

Connecticut

1839

Africans from the Amistad held on trial and imprisoned in New Haven.

The World

1839

The Daguerreotype, the first photographing process available to the public, is introduced worldwide. Though only popular for the next two decades, it played an influential role in the advancement of photography, and allowed major historical figures, such as Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln, to be captured in picture.

Paintings

1839

Durrie paints Self Portrait as a Young Man now in the Shelburne Museum











1850-1859

Durrie

Connecticut

United States

The World

Paintings


Paintings

1850

Durrie paints Susan Gilbert, now in the New Haven Museum.


Paintings

1851

Durrie paints Sleighs Arriving at an Inn, now part of a private collection. Durrie paints The Country Inn, now in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.


Durrie

1852

Durrie’s first daughter, Mary Clarissa Durrie, is born on August 23 (she dies on March 25, 1941)

United States

1852

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the wildly popular novel that helped fuel the abolitionist movement, is published.


The World

1853

Commodore Matthew Perry arrives in Japan with the intent of forming a trade treaty, which would eventually cause Japan to have a rapidly developing and successful economy.

Painting

1853

Durrie paints Seven Miles to Farmington. Durrie paints West Rock, New Haven, now in the New Haven Museum. Durrie paints East Rock, New Haven, now in the New Haven Museum.


Durrie

1854

Durrie opens a studio at 5 Marble Block in New Haven, CT. He holds a sale of his WINTER SCENES of a size suited to the parlor or drawing room on May 11th.

Paintings

1854

Durrie paints Winter at Jones Inn -- Nine Miles To Hartford, now part of a private collection.


Paintings

1855

Durrie paints Jones Inn, Winter, now part of the White House Collection. Durrie paints Farmyard in Winter, now part of the White House Collection.


Durrie

1857

Durrie begins to concentrate on painting winter landscapes.

Paintings

1857

Durrie paints East Rock, New Haven, now in the New Haven Museum. Durrie paints Winter in the Country, now in the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.


Durrie

1857

Durrie begins to concentrate on painting winter landscapes.

Paintings

1857

Durrie paints East Rock, New Haven, now in the New Haven Museum. Durrie paints Winter in the Country, now in the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.


Durrie

1858-60

Frederic E. Church paints A Catskill Landscape, now in the Florence Griswold Museum

Connecticut

1858

Historic Charter Oak tree falls in a storm.


United States

1859

The abolitionist John Brown raids the armory in Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. Though the raid failed, it amplified the tensions between the North and South even further and making civil war.

The World

1859

Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species, establishing the idea of natural selection, and forever changing evolutionary theory.


1860-1869

Durrie

Connecticut

United States

The World

Paintings


United States

1860

Abraham Lincoln is elected President of the United States.

1860-63

Durrie paints The Old Inn - Ten Miles to Salem, now in the Shelburne Museum.


Durrie

1861

Currier & Ives publish lithographs of two of Durrie’s winter landscape, New England Winter Scene (1858) and Farmyard in Winter.

Paintings

1861

Durrie paints Winter in the Country: A Cold Morning, now in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.


Durrie

1862

Auction of 71 works by Durrie is held in New York City. Sales of $2,500.

1862

Durrie paints Winter in the Country: A Cold Morning, now in the Shelburne Museum. Durrie paints Summer Landscape, now in the Florence Griswold Museum. Durrie paints East Rock, New Haven, now in the Florence Griswold Museum.


Durrie

1863

Currier & Ives publish two more of Durrie’s paintings as lithographs: The Farmers Home, Winter and Winter Morning, Feeding the Chickens. Durrie dies in New Haven, CT on October 15th.

United States

1863

Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, granting freedom to slaves in rebelling states. Battle of Gettysburg takes place, resulting in a Union victory that many consider to be one of the most influential in the American Civil War.


Durrie

1864

Currier & Ives publish lithographs of two of Durrie’s winter landscape, The Old Homestead, Winter, Winter in the Country: A Cold Morning, Winter in the Country: The Old Grist Mill, and Winter in the Country: Getting Ice.


United States

1865

John Wilkes Booth assassinates President Abraham Lincoln, killing him less than a week after the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Courthouse. The American Civil War, the deadliest war in United States history, ends.


Durrie

1867

Currier & Ives publish lithographs of Durrie’s painting, Autumn in New England, Cider Making. Currier & Ives publish lithographs of Durrie’s painting, Home to Thanksgiving.


Connecticut

1868

Connecticut gives land in Groton to the U.S. Navy, which would eventually develop into the Naval Submarine Base.

1870-1879

Durrie

Connecticut

United States

The World

Paintings


Paintings

1871

John F. Kensett paints Fort Dumpling, Rhode Island, now in the Florence Griswold Museum.