The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

March 9, 2016

March 9, 1925

The Lyme Art Colony is part of our story about Willard Metcalf (July 1, 1858 to March 9, 1925) .

During the early years of the 20th century, the Lyme Art Colony, centered in Miss Florence Griswold’s boardinghouse, became America’s most famous summer art colony. Today this museum of art and history tells the story of how Connecticut played a pivotal role in fostering an authentic American art.

Florence Griswold sheltered artists, and cats. The latter were more numerous if not so bulky.  Here is a picture of this nice lady:

So she found homes for as many of the cats as possible.  Willard Metcalf,
 one of the artists, took his share. We have details on this but to introduce Metcalf first, here is an example of his art, dated 1905.

The painter Willard Metcalf, a fan of dogs in his teens, adopted several cats from Miss Florence naming them Pete and Buster and referring to them as “the children” in his letters to her. He reported that the kittens have “now grown very big, the latter is quite as large and hairy as his father. They get along splendidly together – but do nothing but eat & sleep.”

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