New Hope Art Colony
Many streams tumble into the Delaware, on whose banks stand old stone and timbered mills, which have outlived their commercial value, but have become the joy of artists who have settled in New Hope.
One of the earliest professional artists to reside at New Hope, Pennsylvania, was * William Langson Lathrop, a "painter, etcher and dedicated art instructor [who] devoted himself to painting the tranquil countryside of the Delaware River Valley, inspiring his many students to do the same." 1 Another prominent resident- painter was * Edward Willis Redfield, who had an overwhelming impact on other artists. According to one historian, Redfield's "exuberant, Impressionistic style was emulated by several generations of New Hope artists, many of whom settled in this picturesque area due to his tremendous influence." 2
Landscape specialist * Birge Harrison, a longtime member of the Woodstock art colony, visited New Hope in 1914 to see his niece, artist Margaret Fulton Spencer, wife of New Hope artist-resident * Robert Spencer, whose paintings tended toward an intriguing mix of Impressionism and Realism. Harrison lived and worked in New Hope during the winters of 1914, 1915 and 1916, and was visited in 1915 by his brother, marine artist Alexander Harrison.
Traveling exhibitions of the New Hope Group began after its formation in 1916 by six artists seeking wider recognition for their work in the United States and Europe. The six included * R. Sloan Bredin, * Morgan Colt, Spencer, Lathrop, * Daniel Garber and * Charles Rosen. Despite high hopes for the group, World War I probably interfered with its chances of early success.
Art critic Helen Buchalter wrote in 1933 that members of the New Hope art colony were free of a "community label" and reflected true individualism in their