COS COB, CT, January 25, 2022 – A curator’s talk and gallery tour delving into the context of the recently acquired painting The Red Mill, Cos Cob by artist Childe Hassam will take place at the Greenwich Historical Society on February 23. Painted in 1896 during the first of many visits Hassam made to the Holley family boarding house (now the Bush-Holley House), The Red Mill, Cos Cob is a depiction of the 19th-century Palmer and Duff Shipyard once located on Palmer Point, as interpreted by the famed American Impressionist painter. Following its acquisition by the Greenwich Historical Society in 2020, the painting will be on view in the Historical Society’s Permanent Collections Gallery beginning in February, alongside other artworks and artifacts illustrating the legacy of shipbuilding and the artist colony centered on Cos Cob’s historic Lower Landing. The gallery talk,“Cos Cob’s Lower Landing Through Artists’ Eyes” will illustrate the importance of the painting and the waterfront landscape it captured, once a favorite subject of renowned Impressionists including John Henry Twachtman, Theodore Robinson and Elmer MacRae.
“This striking Hassam painting gives viewers a direct, specific glimpse into the importance of Cos Cob in the development of American Impressionism and its relationship to the now-vanished business district of Cos Cob’s waterfront community the Lower Landing,” says Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Maggie Dimock. “Its installation in our Permanent Collections Gallery is a fitting kick off to the Greenwich Historical Society’s 90th anniversary year, during which we aim to instill a keen sense of place and pride in Greenwich’s rich history.”
The gallery talk and tour on February 23rd at 12:00 pm will be approximately 40 minutes. Admission is $15 for members, $20 for non-members, and includes general entrance to the museum/galleries. Space is limited; pre-registration is recommended: https://greenwichhistory.org/event/curators-gallery-talk-cos-cobs-lower-landing-through-artists-eyes/
Contact:Greenwich Historical Society
47 Strickland Rd.
Cos Cob, Connecticut
Greenwich Historical Society
About Greenwich Historical Society
About Greenwich Historical Society Greenwich Historical Society was founded in 1931 to preserve and interpret Greenwich history to strengthen the community’s connection to our past, to each other and to our future. The circa 1730 National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House witnessed slavery and the American Revolution and became the site of Connecticut’s first American Impressionist art colony from 1890 to 1920. Its landscape and gardens are restored based on documentation from the site’s Impressionist era. The campus also includes a nationally accredited museum, library and archives, a museum store, café, and a community education center. Greenwich Historical Society educates thousands of school children annually and connects visitors to the history of this globally influential community through exhibitions, lectures, programs, and events. It receives no town funding and relies on donations and grants to continue its work in education and preservation. Learn more at greenwichhistory.org.