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Cos Cob in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Cos Cob Art Colony

 
 
The Cos Cob Art Colony Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 30, 2010
1. The Cos Cob Art Colony Marker
Inscription.
The Cos Cob Art Colony
During the early 1890s American impressionist artists John H. Twachtman and J. Alden Weir began teaching summer art classes here in Cos Cob to students of New York's Art Students League. Edward and Josephine Holley ran the Bush-Holley House, then known simply as the "Old House" or the Holley House, as a boarding house for the artists and writers who were attracted to the picturesque village of Cos Cob. The colonial architecture of the Holley House which had been built in 1730, appealed to the boarders, many of whom made it a frequent subject of their work.
Among Cos Cob's amenities were easy access via train from New York City, recreation, and plenty of suitable subjects for painting, especially the village's older warehouse and residential buildings and the waterfront. In addition to Twachtman and Weir, the art colony attracted artists Childe Hassam, Theodore Robinson, Charles Ebert and Elmer Livingston MacRae (who married the Holley's daughter), as well as writers Willa Cather, Viola Roseboro and Lincoln Steffans. Between 1890 and 1920 more than 200 artists and writers enjoyed the camraderie of Connecticut's fine art colony.
 
Location. 41° 2.049′ N, 73° 35.867′ W. Marker is in Cos Cob, Connecticut, in Fairfield
The Cos Cob Art Colony Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 30, 2010
2. The Cos Cob Art Colony Marker
Beyond is the Bush-Holley Historic Site Visitor Center
County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Strickland Road and River Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in front of the Bush-Holley House Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob CT 06807, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Second Oldest Cemetery in Greenwich (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cos Cob (approx. 0.3 miles away); Putnam's Escape (approx. one mile away); Putnam Cottage (approx. 1.1 miles away); Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument (approx. 1.3 miles away); Founders and Proprietors Monument (approx. 1.3 miles away); George Washington Paused Here (approx. 1.3 miles away); Sound Beach Railroad Station (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cos Cob.
 
Regarding The Cos Cob Art Colony. The Bush-Holley House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1991
 
Also see . . .
1. Greenwich Historical Society, Bush-Holley Historic Site. (Submitted on December 5, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Bush-Holley House on Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 5, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
3. Cos Cob Art Colony on Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 5, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
The Bush-Holley House Historic Site Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 30, 2010
3. The Bush-Holley House Historic Site Visitor Center

 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
The Bush-Holley House image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 30, 2010
4. The Bush-Holley House
Bush-Holley House Historic Site image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 30, 2010
5. Bush-Holley House Historic Site
Detail Photo on the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, 100
6. Detail Photo on the Marker
Artist John Henry Twachtman instructing an art student painting Palmer and Duff's Shipyard, which was across the waterfront at the Bush-Holley House.
Detail Photo on the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 30, 2010
7. Detail Photo on the Marker
Holley House boarders fishing on the waterfront.
Detail Photo on the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 30, 2010
8. Detail Photo on the Marker
November, Cos Cob, 1902, a pastel by Childe Hassam picturing the village post office to the right (now the Bush-Holley House Historic Site Visitor Center), and the warehouses which were nearby.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 904 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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