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Artist Name:        William Chadwick
Artist Dates:         1879 - 1962
Title:            Old Lyme Farm in Winter
Painting Date:       ca. 1917
Medium:              Oil on Canvas
Signature:             Signed Lower Right
Provenance:         Private Collection
Condition:            Excellent
Size Unframed:     24 x 30
Frame Condition:  Gilt Antique
Artist Best Price:   $98,200
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Curator's Comments: Noted art scholar William Gerdts tells us that the second generation of
American impressionists gathered in three colonies, with the New York school painting in Old Lyme
and later Woodstock. (New Hope, PA--led by Redfield--and Boston/Gloucster under Tarbell formed the
other centers.) In Connecticut, the Lyme painters led by Henry Ward Ranger and later Guy Wiggins
lived first in Florence Griswold's bed and breakfast known as "The Gris." And Chadwick, a painter's
painter, was at the center of the group. Chadwick constantly revised his work and produced some of
the greatest paintings to come from Lyme. Many are in Museums--and our work has been widely
exhibited nationwide--it is one of the few Chadwick masterpieces still in private hands.

William Chadwick was born in England to Mary Alice Earnshaw and Day Chadwick. Having established
a successful manufacturing business of woolen fabrics in England, Day Chadwick relocated his factory
to Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1882, to take advantage of the growing American market. Shortly after
his high school graduation, the son moved to New York, where he enrolled in the Art Students League.
In the fall of 1898, he entered the class of John H. Twachtman. Among his other teachers were George
B. Bridgman, Kenyon Cox, and Joseph R. DeCamp.

In the spring or 1902, he went to Old Lyme, and took quarters at the Gris, helping to shape what was
about to become a colony of American impressionists. In the spring of 1903 he showed at the Society of
American Artists, his debut as a professional artist, and he became treasurer of the Art Students
League. By the spring of 1907, Chadwick was confident enough of his work to submit two paintings to
the National Academy of Design annual and a year later he showed his work for the first time at the
annual of the Pennsylvania Academy, and for a time he exhibited regularly at various venues. The
Salmagundi Club was the only organization that Chadwick was interested in joining. In New York, he
shared studio space with Harry Hoffman and Howe Foote But it was in Rome, where he worked with
Colin Campbell Cooper, that he began painting more plein-air impressionist landscapes than figurative
and genre subjects. And returning to Lyme, his impressionism literally blossomed.

While RH Love thinks Chadwick was influenced by Frieseke's use of color, in Old Lyme he was much
more influenced by Willard Metcalf and Walter Griffin. Vonnoh was another influence. He married
Pauline Bancroft of Wilmington, Delaware, and they traveled extensively in Italy from 1910 to 1912. In
1915, they purchased a home in Old Lyme, and lived there for the next forty years.  Chadwick
executed striking examples of American impressionism during the next decade. Chadwick continued
his work in Old Lyme, other parts of New England, and Florida, then he died at age eighty-three in Old
Lyme.

Old Lyme Farm in Winter shows Chadwick's technique to perfection. There is the gradation of tones
from striking color in the foreground to hazy tones in the distance. It is a time of thaw in the soft New
England winter when the landscape awaits renewal. But its promise in the bold reds of the water reeds
reflected in the stream itself tells us that nature will spring forth and return life to the human
structures awaiting rebirth. These structures with their sloping roofs, linear fences and gates have
given way to the season of slow time in a masterpiece of pallette that shows why Chadwick was so
highly respected by his peers. We are proud to offer a true New England icon that has been exhibited at
the Lyme Historical Society, Dixon Gardens, Meadows Museum, Wistariahurst, Butler Institute,
Griswold Museum, Springfield Art Museum, Cohen Memorial Museum, Rahr-West Museum, and the
RH Love Galleries, among other venues.
Our New Masterpiece--Chadwick's Old Lyme Farm in Winter
                 is fresh from the Spanierman Collection
The Artist, ca. 1940
New England Spring brought over $98,000.
On the Porch shows Flo Griswold's daughter
-- of Philip Hale's 'Crimson Rambler' fame.