Another great painting for our Connecticut River collection. “Hooker and Company Journeying through the Wilderness from Plymouth to Hartford, in 1636,” oil on canvas, by the American artist Frederic Edwin Church. Courtesy of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut. Should we make a field trip there and study Connecticut River Valley art? Even though this painting romanticizes qualities of Thomas Hooker’s trip, this colonial minster was an experienced traveler who sought religious and political refuge in Holland, Plymouth before venturing to the banks of the Connecticut River. Hooker and company set up post on the other side of the Dutch settlement.
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