Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Visit To The Florence Griswold House And Museum

This past weekend I went on a visit to Old Lyme, CT to see The Artist's Garden exhibit at the Florence Griswold House and Museum.  The exhibit was beautiful and I have so many photos that I will give the show it's own separate post, but today I want to talk about the Griswold Home.

Miss Florence, as she was known, ran a boardinghouse in Old Lyme, and it became the center of the American Impressionist movement.  Artists came to Old Lyme for the summer to paint the landscape and stayed in the house.

The house is a national historic landmark, as it should be.  I'm so happy that the place has been preserved and we can see how these artists lived and worked.

I was dying over the pink glass in the window frames of the front door.

This is the front hall of the house.  There are beautiful paintings on the walls and lovely antique furniture.

A portrait of Miss Florence.  I don't know which of the artists painted it.  Since this was her home, there are no tags next to the artwork.

This room was originally the parlor.  It was transformed into a bedroom and studio, and this room was reserved for the most special guests of the house.

Apparently, it was quite festive in the evenings.  This parlor is where everyone gathered after dinner.  There was music and games and conversation.

Another beautiful bedroom.

Miss Florence had quite the blue and white collection.  You know I wanted to abscond with all of these beautiful pieces!

Finally, we made our way to the back of the house.  The whole house is beautiful, but what I really wanted to see were the famous painted doors.  The artists that stayed in the house painted the door panels.  This is one of the many reasons I'm so happy that this place cannot be torn down and replaced by condos or something equally awful.

The above photo is in the dining room.  The painted panels in there were incredibly beautiful.

The gardens outside the house are as beautiful as the inside.  In a few respects, they reminded me of Giverny.  Not surprising as the exhibition noted that many of the American Impressionists spent time there.

check out this busy bee

I hope you enjoyed this look at the Florence Griswold House and gardens.  If you find yourself near Old Lyme, please stop in and check it out for yourself.  A really amazing place.

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