Trending now: Old Lyme Art Colony

Trending now: Old Lyme Art Colony

With the opening of the Florence Griswold museum, many art collectors have re-discovered the Old Lyme summer art colony known for the great impressionist painters, Childe Hassam and Willard Metcalf. Robert Nisbet spent time in Old Lyme and was a student of Metcalf. He is known for his lyrical light and a meticulous definition of form. It is a privilege to have five of his works in the Winter Exhibition.


Oil on Canvas 12” x 16”

Mountain View
Oil on Canvas 8” x 11”

Misty Landscape
Oil on Canvas 8” x 10”

Summer Skies
Oil on Canvas 12” x 16”

Watercolor 8” x 10”

Robert Hogg Nisbet, NA 1879 – 1961

Robert Hogg Nisbet is noted for his landscape, figure, genre, and etching work. He is associated with Connecticut artist colonies including Old Lyme.
A Rhode Island native, Nisbet studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and in New York at the Art Students League with Willard Leroy Metcalf and Frank DuMond. He completed his training in Europe under Henry Snell.
Upon his return from Europe, he settled in New York where he served as president of the Art Students League (1909-1910). During the early 1900s, Nisbet summered in Old Lyme, Connecticut and later in Kent, Connecticut where he founded the Kent Art Association. In 1910, Nisbet married and caused quite a stir in the social circles of the New York art world since his bride, Marguerite had been Metcalf’s wife, Nisbet’s teacher.
Nisbet purchased a farm near Kent, Connecticut and lived there year round, painting realistic uninhabited landscape of the surrounding countryside. Often dramatic, these works investigated weather and seasonal changes and usually featured streams, brooks and trees.
Nisbet was elected an Associate Member of the National Academy of Design in 1920 and a National Academician (N.A.) in 1928. He was an Artist Life Member of the National Arts Club. One of the incorporators of the Society of American Etchers, he was also a member of the Philadelphia Society of Etchers.
National Academy
American Artists Professional League
New York Water Color Club
Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts
National Arts Club
New York Lotus Club
Audubon Artists
Salmagundi Club
Providence Art Club
Philadelphia Society of Etchers
American Watercolor Society
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts between 1906-1910, 1915,1917, 1922-1925
Art Institute of Chicago
Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts in 1913 (prize), 1915 (prize)
Corcoran Gallery Biennial 1914-1928
National Academy of Design in 1915 (prize), 1923 (prize), 1931 (prize)
Panama-Pacific Exhibition in San Francisco in 1915 (medal)
California Society of Printmakers
Los Angeles Museum of Art 1925 (prize)
National Arts Club’s Exhibition of Living American Etchers in 1927 and 1928 (medal)
Society of American Etchers 1932 where he obtained the Talcott Prize.
Selected Collections:
National Gallery of Art
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Library of Congress
Butler Art Institute
Florence Griswold Museum
Telfair Museum of Art

Courtesy Bellus Fine Art and the National Academy of Art