American Impressionist period oil on canvas depicting sunny fall day with a woman and two children at the door of the Noyes-Beckwith House, Old Lyme, CT. Signed lower left "Everett Warner". Verso having the original Warner exhibition label. This work was painted between 1910-1912, when the home was owned by the Beckwith family, and when Warner was associated with the Old Lyme Art Colony along with American Impressionists such as Childe Hassam, Robert and Bessie Potter Vonnoh, and its founder, Henry Ward Ranger. According to the artist's son, Thomas Warner, this painting was part of the Everett Warner exhibition that traveled across the United States in 1914. This work was in the exhibition when it came to Toledo, Ohio (10 Old Lyme paintings were exhibited, including "October Sunshine"). "October Sunshine" was not included in the exhibition listing at the show's next stop in Utica, NY - confirming its sale in Toledo. Provenance: The artist. Purchased by William Milner (President of Milner and Co., Toledo, OH and, later President of Crowley & Milner, Detroit, MI) Everett Longley Warner Exhibition, Toledo Museum of Art May 15 - June 15, 1914. Gifted by William Milner to Joseph Crowley, Vice President, Crowley & Milner, 1914. By descent in the Crowley family to consignor. The subject depicted in this work is the Noyes-Beckwith House located on the corner of Beckwith Lane and Old Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT. Built by Moses Noyes II between 1700 and 1712, the home was moved in 1816 from its original location where the Florence Griswold House (today, the Florence Griswold Museum) was subsequently built. One of the oldest homes on Old Lyme (Old Lyme historic building 55), its attic bedrooms were used to hide fugitive slaves as part of the "Underground Railroad". In the 1870s the home was owned by Morrison Remick Waite, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. One of his frequent summer visitors was President Rutherford Hayes. We would like to thank the Crowley Family, Thomas Warner, Tammy Noyes, Amy Kurtz Lansing, Curator, Florence Griswold Museum, and Lizette Pelletier of the CT State Library for their invaluable contributions to the provenance, authentication, and identification, of this work.
Photo Credit: RG 133:28, WPA Records, Architectural Survey. wpa_archsurvey_olly055.jpg State Archives, Connecticut State Library.