From the Archives: Letters from Childe Hassam

Childe Hasssam portrait

The Greenwich Historical Society’s exhibition Lost Landscape Revealed: Childe Hassam and The Red Mill, Cos Cob (January 16-March 28, 2021) focuses on the Cos Cob lower landing during the period of the Cos Cob art colony. The exhibition uses numerous items from the Historical Society’s archival and museum collections to bring this period to life, … Read more

Hassam in Cos Cob

Hassam The Goldfish Window

Childe Hassam’s first trip to Greenwich, Connecticut probably took place in 1894 when he paid a visit to his friend, artist John Henry Twachtman, who purchased a house in the town in 1890. Through Twachtman, Hassam came to know the Holley family, and beginning in 1896 he made nearly annual trips to stay in their … Read more

Painting the Shipyard

childe hassam the red mill cos cob

In January 2021 the Greenwich Historical Society will show publicly for the first time a newly acquired painting by American Impressionist painter Childe Hassam, which will appear at the center of an intimate focus exhibit titled Lost Landscape Revealed: Childe Hassam and The Red Mill, Cos Cob (on view January 16-March 28, 2021. The Red … Read more

Twachtman’s Tiger Lilies

Twachtman Tiger Lilies (detail)

The following essay is the second to appear here in anticipation of John Henry Twachtman Online, the comprehensive record of Twachtman’s art by Lisa N. Peters, Ph.D., to be published on the website of the Greenwich Historical Society in 2021. Drawn from the online catalogue, the essay addresses Tiger Lilies, a painting Twachtman created during … Read more

Did You Know? Message Received!: Greenwich Was Site of Early Breakthrough in Global Communication

Did you know that the first Trans-Atlantic shortwave message was sent from a small structure near the corner of Clapboard Ridge Road and North Street right here in Greenwich? In an age when nearly instantaneous global communication is taken for granted, and communication delays of only a fraction of a second are intolerable for certain … Read more

Twachtman’s Old Holley House, Cos Cob

Old Holley House, Cos Cob by John H. Twachtman

Run by Josephine and Edward Payson Holley from 1882 through 1900, and subsequently by their daughter Constant Holley MacRae, the Holley House was the base for the summer art classes taught by Twachtman in the 1890s, often along with his close friend Julian Alden Weir (1852–1919). The Holley House was also Twachtman’s intermittent residence after … Read more

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