Books and Periodicals

The American Art Colony at Old Lyme

Andersen, Jeffrey W. “The Art Colony at Old Lyme.” In Connecticut and American Impressionism.  Exhibition Catalogue. Storrs: The University of Connecticut, 1980.

Andersen, Jeffrey W. et al. “The Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail.” American Art Review Volume IX, No. 3. (May-June 1997), 90-176.

Gerdts, William H. “New Hope Among the Impressionist Colonies.” In William H. Gerdts, Brian Peterson, and Sylvia Yount, Pennsylvania Impressionism. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.

Gerdts, William H. “East Hampton, Old Lyme and the Art Colony Movement.” In En Plein Air: The Art Colonies at East Hampton and Old Lyme.  Exhibition Catalogue.  Old Lyme and East Hampton: Florence Griswold Museum and Guild Hall Museum, 1989.

Larkin, Susan G. The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore. New Haven: Yale University Press in association with the National Academy of Design, 2001.

Peters, Lisa N. Visions of Home: American Impressionist Images of Suburban Leisure and Country Comfort. Hanover: University Press of New England, 1997.

Solon, Debra Epstein with an essay by Will South. Colonies of American Impressionism: Cos Cob, Old Lyme, Shinnecock, and Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach, CA: Laguna Art Museum, 1999.


Alphonse Jongers (1872-1945)
The Harpist, 1903
Oil on canvas
Gift of the Lyme Art Association


Daily Life in a Boardinghouse for Artists

Adams, H.S. “Lyme – A Country Life Community.” Country Life in America 25 (April 1914), 47-50, 92, 94.

Andersen, Jeffrey W. and Hildegard Cummings. The American Artist in Connecticut: The Legacy of the Hartford Steam Boiler Collection.  Exhibition Catalogue.  Old Lyme: Florence Griswold Museum, 2005.

Anonymous. Lyme: A Chapter of  American Genealogy. Old Lyme, Old Lyme Bicentennial Commission, 1976.  Reprinted from Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Volume LII, No. 309-21, 1876.

Becker, Jack. Henry Ward Ranger and the Humanized Landscape. Old Lyme: Florence Griswold Museum, 1999.

Bell, Ralcy Husted. Art Talks with Ranger. New York: Knickerbocker Press, 1914.

Chambers, Bruce W., Amy Ellis, and Emily M. Weeks. May Night: Willard Metcalf at Old Lyme. Exhibition Catalogue. Old Lyme: Florence Griswold Museum, 2005.

Fischer, Diane Pietrucha. Edward F. Rook 1870-1960: American Impressionist. Exhibition Catalogue. Old Lyme: Lyme Historical Society, 1987.

Flynn, Tammi. “The Florence Griswold House Restoration.” American Art Review Volume XVIII, No. 5. (September-October 2006), 116-127.

Heisinger, Ulrich W. Impressionism in America: The Ten American Painters. Munich: Prestel-Verlog, 1991.

Heming, Arthur. Miss Florence and the Artists of Old Lyme. Essex: Pequot Press, 1971.

Larkin, Susan G. The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore. New Haven: Yale University Press in association with the National Academy of Design, 2001.

Lynes, Russell. The Domesticated Americans. New York: Harper & Row, 1963. (chapter 4)

Riback, Estelle. Henry Ward Ranger: Modulator of Harmonious Color. Fort Bragg: Lost Coast Press, 2000.

Spencer, Harold. Wilson Henry Irvine and the Poetry of Light. Old Lyme: Florecne Griswold Museum, 1998.

Weinberg, Barbara. Childe Hassam American Impressionist. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.

Wilson Henry Irvine (1869-1936)
Monhegan Bay, Maine, c. 1914
Oil on panel
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George M. Yeager in Honor of the Centennial


Impressionism and American Art

Gerdts, William H., Diana Dimodica Sweet, Robert Preato. Tonalism: An American Experience. New York: Grand Central Art Galleries Art Education Association, 1982.

Gerdts, William H. American Impressionism. New York: Abbeville Press, 1984.

Riback, Estelle. The Intimate Landscape: A New Look at the Origins of the American Barbizon Movement. Fort Bragg: Lost Coast Press, 2004.


New England Identity

Denenberg, Thomas Andrew. Wallace Nutting and the Invention of Old America. New Haven and London: Yale University Press in association with The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 2003.

Truettner, William H. et al. Picturing Old New England: Image and Memory. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1999.

Whiteside, Clara Walker. Touring New England on the Trail of the Yankee. Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Company, 1926.


Willard L. Metcalf (1858-1925)
May Night, 1906
Oil on canvas
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum Purchase, Gallery Fund


Fine Art and Painting Techniques

Galton, Jeremy. The Encyclopedia of Oil Painting Techniques. New York: Sterling Publishing, 1991.

Hodge, Susie. How To Paint Like the Impressionists. New York: Harper Collins, 2004.

Jennings, Simon. Artist’s Color Manual. New York: Harper Collins, 2003.

Turner, Jacques. Colors and Materials for Oil Painitng.
New York: Design Books, 1993.


Childe Hassam (1859-1935)
Summer Evening, 1886
Oil on canvas


The Natural World

Maloney, Thomas. Tidewaters of the Connecticut River: An Explorer’s Guide to Hidden Coves and Marshes. Essex: River’s End Press, 2001.