Resources & Bibliography
Catalog of Manuscript Collections at The New Haven Museum
MSS 16: George Henry Durrie Papers, 1838-1978
Creator: George Henry Durrie (1820-1863) Extent: 5 in. (120 items) Description: Landscape, genre, and portrait painter, Durrie was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and studied under Nathaniel Jocelyn in New Haven, where he settled. He is well known for his paintings of East Rock and West Rock, including several in the New Haven Museum collection. Some of Durrie’s paintings of traditional New England scenes were also widely reproduced as Currier & Ives lithographs. The papers include family correspondence, diary (1845-46), sketchbook, pencil sketches, photographs, and correspondence concerning the papers. Durrie’s correspondents include his wife (Sarah A. Perkins), daughter (Mary Clarissa), and William Webster, son of Noah Webster. Research Topics: New Haven artists; images of East Rock, West Rock, and other New Haven scenes; Currier and Ives sources
Cowdrey, Bartlett. George Henry Durrie 1820-1863: Connecticut Painter of American Life. Hartford: Wadsworth Atheneum, 1947.
Hutson, Martha Young. George Henry Durrie (1820-1863) American Winter Landscapist: Renowned Through Currier and Ives. Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1977.
An Exhibition of Paintings by Durrie, Connecticut Artist. New Haven, CT: New Haven Colony Historical Society, 1966. (intro. by Colin Simkin).
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