William Metcalf was born on the 1st July 1858. Metcalf was a well-known East Coast Impressionist painter, teacher, and illustrator who also did painting in the Southwest. He was heralded in 1925 as the “poet laureate of the New England hills.”
The Florence Griswold House, where Metcalf visited and stayed in Old Lyme between 1905 and 1907, now houses the largest public collection of Metcalf’s paintings and personal artifacts in the world.
Additionally, his work is on display in many significant museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Freer Gallery of Art.