Florence Grisworld in her dining room

Miss Florence in her dining room

The artists often showed their appreciation by painting pictures on specially fitted panels in the dining room and on various door panels throughout the first floor of the house. This practice was reminiscent of the art colony in Giverny, France, centered around the Hotel Baudy where many American artists had stayed. In fact, Willard Metcalf, who had suggested the studded panel arrangement in Miss Florence's dining room,* had also painted in Giverny and was known to have a sketch on the wall of the Hotel Baudy.**
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* Jeffrey W. Andersen, The Colony at Old Lyme, Connecticut and American Impressionism (Storrs: The William Benton Museum of Art, 1980) p. 117.
** William H. Gerdts, Monet's Giverny: An Impressionist Colony (New York: Abbeville Press, 1993) p. 108.
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