Florence Griswold Museum

Recent Acquisitions

2012 Additions to the Collection

Gifts, bequests, and purchases of significant objects are essential to the growth of the Museum's collection. All of the objects outlined below have added depth to the collection, enabling the institution to build on its commitment to fully portray the art and history of the region. The Museum is grateful for the generous gifts received this year and every year.

Fine Art

Sol LeWitt (1928–2007)
Wavy Horizontal Brushstrokes (Multi-color), 1996
Gouache on paper, 11 x 15 in.
Signed and dated at lower right: S. LeWitt ’96
Museum Purchase. 2012.1.1

Sol LeWitt (1928–2007)
Wavy Vertical Brushstrokes (Multi-color),1994
Gouache on paper, 15 x 11 ¼ in.
Signed and dated at lower right: LeWitt
Museum Purchase with a gift from Alva Greenberg.
2012.1.2

Elmer Livingston MacRae (1875–1953)

Still Life with Magnolias, 1915
Oil on canvas, 25 ¼ x 25 ¼ in.
Signed and dated lower right; "E .L . M ACR A E /1915”
Museum Purchase. 2012.2

Chuck Close (b. 1940)
Self Portrait/Lincoln Center, 2007
From the Vera List Art Project
Lithograph and screenprint,
38 x 30 ¼ in.
Signed and dated in graphite at lower center and lower right: Chuck Close 2007
Edition: 54/118 at lower left
Gift of Alva G. Greenberg. 2012.3

Charles Warren Eaton (1857–1937)
Untitled (Landscape with tree), ca. 1900
Monotype on paper, 6 x 4 in.
Signed at lower right: Chas. Warren Eaton
Gift of Charles T. Clark. 2012.4

John T. Hill (b. 1934)
Walker Evans House, April 1975 (view of bookshelf )
Archival pigment print, 13 x 15 in.
Signed lower right: John T. Hill
Gift of John T. Hill. 2012.5.1

John T. Hill (b. 1934)
Walker Evans House, April 1975 (view of sink)
Archival pigment print, 13 1/2 x 13 in.
Signed lower right: John T. Hill
Gift of John T. Hill. 2012.5.2

John T. Hill (b. 1934)
Walker Evans House, April 1975 (view of living room)
Archival pigment print, 13 x 15 1/4 in.
Signed lower right: John T. Hill
Gift of John T. Hill. 2012.5.3

John T. Hill (b. 1934)
Walker Evans House, April 1975 (view of sofa with lobster sign)
Archival pigment print, 13 x 55 1/8 in.
Signed lower right: John T. Hill
Gift of John T. Hill. 2012.5.4

Robert H. Nisbet (1879–1961)
Life Class in DuMond’s Studio
Oil on board, 12 ½ x 7 ½ in.
Signed and inscribed verso: Nisbet/DuMond AM Life
Museum Purchase. 2012.6

Frederic Winthrop Ramsdell (1865–1915)
Old Lyme, Connecticut, 1908
Oil on canvas, 30 ½ x 24 in.
Gift of Edith M. Scott. 2012.7

Everett Longley Warner (1877–1963)
The Regalia’s Last Haven, 1898
Pastel on paper, 12 ¾ x 12 ¼ in.
Signed lower left: Everett Warner 98
Gift of Remak Ramsay. 2012.8.1

William Sergeant Kendall (1869–1938)
Connecticut Snow, n.d.
Pastel on brown paper, 12 x 19 ¼ in.
Signed lower right: Sergeant Kendall
Gift of Remak Ramsay. 2012.8.2

Edward Rook (1870–1960)
Untitled (Landscape with brook), n.d.
Oil on canvas, 29 ½ x 29 ½ in.
Signed at lower left: Edward F. Rook; Stamped on verso: E.F. Rook
Gift of Sankow children Penny, Fred Jr., Joan, and Pam in memory of their parents Fred and Virginia Sankow. 2012.9

Anni Albers (1899–1994)
GR I, 1970
Screenprint on paper, 28 ¾ x 24 in.
Edition: 36/100
Signed lower right: Anni Albers, 1970
Gift of Charles T. Clark. 2012.10

Phoebe Griffin Noyes (1797–1875)
Portrait of Phebe Lord, ca. 1820
Watercolor on paper, 3 ½ x 3 in.
Unsigned
Gift of Jane and Townsend Ludington. 2012.11

Dwight Tryon (1849–1925)
Fishing on the Connecticut River, ca. 1881
Oil on canvas, 24 ¼ x 34 ½ in.
Signed lower left: D.W. Tryon.
Dorothy Clark Archibald Acquisition Fund Purchase. 2012.12

Roger Tory Peterson (1908– 1996)
Meadowlarks, Cowbirds
Watercolor, gouache, graphite, and paper collage on paper,
with labeled acetate overlay, 16 11/16 x 11 1/8 in.
Museum Purchase with additional funds from Charles T. Clark. 2012.13

Frank A. Bicknell (1866–1943)
Rocks at Mohegan Island, Maine (Late Afternoon), August 1909
Oil on artist board, 7 1/2 x 9 1/4 in.
Signed lower right: Frank A. Bicknell
Bequest of Jean Harris and the family of Dr. Augustus and Olive Harris. 2012.14.1

George M. Bruestle (1871– 1939)
Untitled landscape
Oil on artist board, 7 5/8 x 9 1/2 in.
Signed lower left: Bruestle
Bequest of Jean Harris and the family of Dr. Augustus and Olive Harris. 2012.14.2

Bruce Crane (1857–1937)
Fall Morning, ca. 1933
Oil on canvas board, 7 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.
Signed lower left: Bruce Crane
Bequest of Jean Harris and the family of Dr. Augustus and Olive Harris. 2012.14.3

Everett Warner (1877–1963)
Untitled landscape (winter city scene with Brooklyn Bridge)
Oil on canvas board, 12 1/4 x15 in.
Signed lower left: Everett Warner
Bequest of Jean Harris and the family of Dr. Augustus and Olive Harris. 2012.14.4

Everett Warner (1877–1963)

Brooklyn Bridge, 1910
Etching, 11 3/4 x 6 3/4 in.
Signed on sheet at lower right: Everett Warner imp.
Bequest of Jean Harris and the family of Dr. Augustus and Olive Harris. 2012.14.5

Guy C. Wiggins (1883–1962)
Edge of the Woods, 1927
Oil on canvas board, 7 5/8 x 9 3/4 in.
Signed lower left: Guy Wiggins; titled, signed, and
dated on verso: Edge of the Woods/ Guy Wiggins/ 1927.
Bequest of Jean Harris and the family of Dr. Augustus and Olive Harris. 2012.14.6

Guy C. Wiggins (1883–1962)
New England Winter, 1927
Oil on canvas board, 7 5/8 x 9 5/8 in.
Signed lower left: Guy Wiggins; titled, signed, and dated on verso: “New England Winter.”/ Guy Wiggins/ 1927—
Bequest of Jean Harris and the family of Dr. Augustus and Olive Harris. 2012.14.7

Henry C. White (1861–1952)
Group of seven lithographs
on paper
Grace Holbrook White, 7 ¼ x 5 in.
Landscape with marsh, 6 x 8½ in.
Winter landscape 6 ¼ x 8 in.
Landscape with pond, 5 x 7 in.
Bridge, 8 ¾ x 6 in.
Portrait of a man, 8 x 6 in.
Landscape with cottage, 8 x9 ¼ in.
Gift of George and Betsy White. 2012.15.1-.7

Charles Vezin (1858–1942)
Untitled (Home of Woodward and Clara Griswold)
Oil on academy board, 12 x 16 in.
Signed lower right: C. Vezin
Gift of John Crawley. 2012.16

F. Luis Mora (1874–1940)
Untitled (Picnic scene), ca. 1910 -15
Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in. Unsigned
Gift of Arthur J. Phelan. 2012.17

Reproduction Frame
Wood and gold leaf, 30 ½ x 34 x 2 in.
Gift of Charles T. Clark. FR 2012.1

B.N. Morris Company,
Veazie, Maine (ca. 1890–1919)
Canoe once owned by Woodrow Wilson, ca. 1900
Wood and canvas, 16 1/2 ft.x 2 3/4 ft.
Gift of Thomas E. Warner, Ph.D.

Archives and Library

Griswold Home School Circular, ca. 1884
Paper, 8 x 10 in.
Gift of the Old Lyme Historical Society, Inc., Old Lyme, Conn. A 2012.01

Linwood Easton (1892–1939)
Original letter to Mrs. William G. Burt, October 22, 1938
Gift of Ms. Judy Archer. A 2012.02

Photo Album containing 12 Black and White Photos of the Ludington Estate, ca. 1925 12 x 15 in.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Townsend Ludington. A2012.03

Box of letters and photographs relating to the family of John Marvin Huntley
Gift of Carolyn Wakeman. A 2012.04

Daphne Ely Scrapbook, 1911–1914 Ephemera, 11 x 10 in.
Gift of Patricia and Richard Moll. A2012.05

Greeting card
Hand-colored holiday card from Harry Hoffman and Beatrice Hoffman
11 x 8 1/2 in.
Gift of George C. White.
and
Four photographs
Walter Griffin with Reuben the Horse, 1903–04, 4 x 5 in.
Bruce Crane, inscribed to Irving Wiles, 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 in.
Allen B. Talcott in studio, 8 x 5 1/2 in.
Mounted photograph of a painting signed by artists, including Childe Hassam,
13 5/8 x 10 1/2 in.
Gift of George C. White. A 2012.06

Photographs, clippings, typescript history, and 22 photographs related to Lower Bradbury Mill
Gift of Heather Bennett. A 2012.07

Envelope addressed by Woodrow Wilson to Mrs. Woodrow Wilson care of Florence Griswold, Lyme, Connecticut, U.S.A., postmarked August 24, 1908, Grasmere, England
Paper, 4 ½ x 5 ½ in.
Gift of Judd Bankert. A 2012.08

Three Books:
Henry C. White, The Life and Art of Dwight William Tryon (1930). Copy inscribed by the author to Mr. and Mrs. Harry
L. Hoffman and Master Jock Hoffman
Nelson C. White, The Life and Art of J. Frank Currier. Copy inscribed to Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Hoffman with love from Nelson C. White, December 1936
Nelson C. White, Abbott H. Thayer, Painter and Naturalist. Copy inscribed to Harry and Beatrice Hoffman with love from Nelson C. White, June 20, 1951
Gift of David Hoffman. A 2012.09

Additions to Civil Defense Collection: Photographs and Documents related to the film Civilian Defense in Small Community (Old Lyme, Connecticut), 1942
Gift of Townsend and Jane Ludington.

A selection of American art books, exhibition catalogues, and monographs
Gift of John C. Evans.

 

2011 Additions to the Collection

Fine Art

Maurice Braun (1877–1941)
Brook at Old Lyme, Connecticut, ca. 1923
Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 in.
Signed lower right and titled on the reverse
Purchased by members of the Sillin Family in loving tribute to their parents, Lee and Joan Sillin, who served the Museum and the Lyme community with distinction. 2011.1


Edward Volkert (1871–1935)

Old Lyme Congregational Church, ca. 1933
Lithograph on paper, 13 x 8 1/2 in.
Signed in plate and inscribed lower right: To Grace 33
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David W. Dangremond.
2011.2


Thomas Watson Ball (1863–1934)
Untitled (Boat)
Oil on board, 9 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.
Signed lower left: Thomas Watson Ball
Gift of the estate of Clara Griswold.
2011.3


Lawrence Mazzanovich (1872–1959)

The Pond, ca. 1914
Oil on canvas, 25 x 25 in.
Inscribed lower right: To George and Ann from Ann and Mazz.
Gift of Jonathan D. Carlisle.
2011.4


Three Federal chairs
from the family of Governor Roger Griswold, ca. 1810–20
Wood, rush, paint, 34 x 18 x 17 ½ in.; 35 x 20 ½ x 17 in.; 35 x 20 ½ x 17 in.
Gift of Lucia M. Griswold.
2011.5.1-3

R. Tait McKenzie (1867–1938)
The Sprinter, 1902
Plaster, 9 x 12 in.
Museum Purchase.
2011.6

Nancy Friese (b. 1948)
Lieutenant River Shore, 2010
Watercolor on paper mounted on linen, 41 1/2 x 61 in.
Purchase with an anonymous gift.
2011.7


Ernest Meyer (1863–1952)
Tree and White House
Oil on artist’s board, 7 ½ x 9 ¼ in.
Museum Purchase.
2011.8

Tom Zetterstrom (b. 1945)

Norfolk, CT, 1981
From the Vital Signs—Connecticut exhibition
Black and white photo printed on photographic paper, 11 x 13 ¾ in.
Signed lower right: Zetterstrom ‘82
Gift of Charles T. Clark.
2011.9.1

Untitled (House), ca. 1981
From the Vital Signs—Connecticut exhibition
Black and white photo printed on photographic paper, 10 x 13 ¾ in.
Gift of Charles T. Clark.
2011.9.2

Untitled (Men washing windows), ca. 1981
From the Vital Signs—Connecticut exhibition
Black and white photo printed on photographic paper, 11 x 13 ¾ in.
Gift of Charles T. Clark.
2011.9.3

William S. Robinson (1861–1945)

Old Lyme, Connecticut, 1907
Oil on wood, 12 x 16 in.
Museum Purchase. 2011.10

Harry Holtzman (1912–1987)
Red, Orange, Green, and Yellow
Oil on canvas, 30 1/4 x 17 7/8 in.
Museum Purchase, Alice Talcott Enders Purchase Fund.
2011.11

Marcia Due (b. 1947)
Portrait of Walker Evans at Old Black Point Beach, Niantic, Connecticut, February 1973
Gelatin silver print
Gift of Marcia Due.
2011.12


Walker Evans (1903–1975)
Untitled, Voorhees Junkyard, ca. 1962
Archival pigment print by John T. Hill, 2011
Gift of John T. Hill.
2011.13

Thomas Nason (1889–1971)
Pond Scene with Heron
Ink wash on masonite, 12 x 16 in.
Signed lower right, T. Nason
Gift of Anna Sankow Johnson Estate in Memory of Herbert and Anna Johnson.
2011.14.1

Edward Rook (1870–1960)
San Pedro, Guadeloupe, ca. 1901–02
Oil on canvas, 30 1/4 x 36 in.
Gift of Anna Sankow Johnson
Estate in Memory of Herbert and Anna Johnson.
2011.14.2

Untitled (Still life with teapot)
Oil on canvas, 10 x 13 in.
Gift of Anna Sankow Johnson Estate in Memory of Herbert and Anna Johnson.
2011.14.3


Henry Ward Ranger (1858–1916)

Untitled (Landscape with Figure)
Oil on artist’s board, 12 x 16 in.
Estate stamp at lower right
Gift of the Griffith and Young family.
2011.15


Josef Albers (1888–1976)
WEG VII, 1971
From the portfolio White Embossings on Gray (WEG), 1971
One of ten line cut embossings printed from engraved aluminum plates on Roleaf paper, 23 x 15 1/2 in. (image); 26 x 20 in. (sheet) Edition of 125 (this is 21/125)
Printed by Kent Tyler, George Page, Ron McPherson, and Lloyd Baggs at Gemini
G.E.L., Los Angeles
Gift of Yale Kneeland.
2011.16

Variant IX, 1962
One from a portfolio of ten screenprints Image: 8 3/4 x 13 3/16 in. Unsigned proof on Mohawk paper
Printed by Ives-Sillman, New Haven, Connecticut
Gift of Rudolph and Mary Ann Besier.
2011.17


Frame

Wood and gold leaf Gift of the Cooley Gallery.
FR2011.1


Household

Hepplewhite Table and four Chippendale Side Chairs Mahogany
Gift of Sandy and Curly Lieber


Archives & Library

Six letters and partial letters written to family by Frank A. Bicknell from France and Italy, 1898–1903
Gift of Tom Medlin.
A2011.1

A selection of photographs, illustrations and personal correspondence between Walter H. Clark and Henry C. White, ca. 1937
Gift of Eleanor and James Ferguson.
A2011.2

A selection of American art books, exhibition catalogues, and monographs
Gift of John C. Evans


2010 Additions to the Collection

Fine Art

Tom Zetterstrom (b. 1945)
Maple and Cherry (Canaan Mountain, Connecticut), 1994
Silver gelatin print, 8 x 10 inches
Signed; on rear of print and on inside of mat
Museum purchase with an anonymous gift
2010.1.1

Limber Pine (Donner Pass, California), 2005
Silver gelatin print, 8 x 10 inches
Signed; on rear of print and on inside of mat
Museum purchase with an anonymous gift
2010.1.2

Weeping Beach (Bristol, Rhode Island), 1999
Silver gelatin print, 8 x 10 inches
Signed; on rear of print and on inside of mat
Museum purchase with an anonymous gift
2010.1.3

American Elm, Summer (Egremont, Massachusetts), 1993
Silver gelatin print, 8 x 10 inches
Signed; on rear of print and on inside of mat
Museum purchase with an anonymous gift
2010.1.4

Anni Albers
Anni Albers (1899 - 1994)
Fox I , 1972 (photo above)
photo-offset lithograph
24 in. x 20 in. (60.96 cm x 50.8 cm)
Gift of Mr. Charles T. Clark, New Haven, CT
2010.2

Wilson Henry Irvine
Wilson Henry Irvine (1869-1936)
The Broken Wall, c. 1926 (photo above)
Oil on canvas, 31 ¼ x 45 ¼ inches
Gift of Mr. George M. Yeager, Bronxville, NY
2010.3

Margaret Cooper (1874–1965)
Cooper Farm, Lyme, Connecticut, 1953
Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches
Signed lower right
Gift of Elizabeth Chamberlain, Old Lyme, Connecticut
2010.4

John Henry Twachtman (1853–1902)
Dock at Newport, 1893
Etching, Lifetime Impression, plate mark 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches on sheet 6 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, sight
Gift of Frank Racette, Putnam, Connecticut
2010.5

Wilson Henry Irvine (1869–1936)
Study for The Machine and its Product ca. 1930
Conte crayon, ink and pencil on paper, 11 1/4 x 12 inches, sight
Signed lower left: Wilson Irvine
Gift of George Yeager, New York, New York
2010.6

Easel once owned by Ivan Olinsky
Oak, 8 feet 2 inches high
Gift of Allan Denenberg, Larchmont, New York, in honor of David and Mary Dangremond
2010.7

George M. Bruestle
George M. Bruestle (1872-1939)
On the Maine Coast, n.d. (photo above)
Oil on board, 12 x 16 inches
Signed lower left; Geo. M. Bruestle
Gift of Martha Walker, Watch Hill, Rhode Island
2010.8


Archives & Library

A selection of American Art Books, Exhibition Catalogues and Monographs
Gift of John C. Evans, Essex, CT


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