History of the Conneticut River

Artist: Ralph Earl (American, 1751-1801) Oil on canvas; 76 x 86 3/4 in. 1792 Gift of the Heirs, 1903.7 Earl painted this portrait of Oliver and Abigail Ellsworth at their home in Windsor, Connecticut, on the Connecticut River. An icon of the constitutional period, this is one of the artist’s most creative portraits. The artist successfully depicts Ellsworth’s role in the formative stages of the United States.

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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One Response to History of the Conneticut River

  1. Andrew says:

    This is one of my favorite paintings at the Wadsworth Athenaeum, because it captures what the lives of a prominent family in New England might look like at the time of the Revolution.

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