ALONG THE HILLSIDE, OLD LYME
oil on canvas, 35 x 39 1⁄4inches,
signed lower right "W. Chadwick"
R.H. Love Galleries, Chicago, Illinois;
The Hainsworth Collection, Nashville, Tennessee.
William Chadwick emigrated to New York City from England and at the age of twenty-three. There he was introduced to Old Lyme by his colleagues Joseph DeCamp, John H. Twachtmanand others at the Art Students League in New York.
During the first of his many summers spent in Old Lyme, Chadwick began experimenting with landscape painting, influenced by the established landscape artists already working there including Willard L. Metcalf and Walter Griffin.
He purchased a home in Old Lyme in 1915 and lived there for the next forty years. While in OldLyme, Chadwick developed his own impressionistic style marked by delicate and subtle tones.
Although Chadwick never had great commercial success, he was well respected by his artist-colleagues. Following his death in 1962, The Lyme Art Association held a memorial show of Chadwick’s paintings in 1963.
A major retrospective of his work, William Chadwick, 1879-1962: An American Impressionist opened at the Lyme Historical Society in August 1978 and circulated to several museums in the eastern United States. That exhibition was organized by R. H. Love Galleries of Chicago.
The current example Along the Hillside, Old Lyme is a magnificent example of Chadwick’s use of color, light and broken-brushwork style.
Chadwick’s work is represented in the Lyme Historical Society, the Lyman Allyn Museum, and the National Collection of Fine Arts