Hardie Gramatky Helps Historical Society

Little Toot” artist Hardie Gramatky is a Westport legend.

His wife — Dorothea Cooke Gramatky — was also an artist, though less known.

His daughter, Linda Gramatky Smith, and her husband Ken have kept her parents’ work alive, both internationally and here in their home town.

"Green's Farms Station," 1948.

Now the Gramatkys’ work is benefiting the Westport Historical Society too.

For a limited time before the holidays, giclée prints by Hardie and Dorothea ordered at the Historical Society or through www.californiawatercolor.com will generate 30% back to the WHS.

(NOTE: If you’re like me, here’s the answer: A giclée is a high-tech, high-quality process that exactly replicates the color and texture of original watercolor artwork. Examples — printed on heavy Provence watercolor paper — are on display in the WHS gift shop.)

Though Hardie is best known for his children’s books, he painted stunning watercolors of Westport landscapes. (Andrew Wyeth called him one of America’s 20 greatest watercolorists.)

"Schlaet Point," 1948.

38 local scenes are available.  So are hundreds of other subjects by Hardie, Dorothea and other leading artists. All generate the 30% donation to the Historical Society.

(To order online, click here; at checkout, enter the code “WHS” — oh yeah, you also get a 10% discount. You can also order at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place.)

"Turkey Hill Sleigh Ride," 1955.

8 responses to “Hardie Gramatky Helps Historical Society

  1. A little bit of artistic license with the picture of Schlaet’s Point. Still a pretty picture.

  2. Linda Gramatky Smith

    Smile, I realize that my dad may have thought that corner just past Old Mill Beach on Hillspoint was Schlaet’s Point (where the large house now stands on the waterside) instead of a bit further along at the end of the Compo Beach, but that spot DID look exactly like that back in the late 40s. The small shack was purchased and torn down. We kept Dad’s original name for his painting, even if he was a bit off. 🙂 What you see is the area just west of the restaurant.

    And I hope everyone realizes that the CW logo in the photos is NOT on the giclees that one would get. It is just there so that someone can’t print off the internet. Auction houses, like Christie’s, want a small embossed seal on giclees (that will be under a mat when framed) so that they don’t mistake a giclee for an original. My favorite paintings are ones Dad did down at Compo where happy families gathered in the 1940s-1970s, just like today.

    Thanks for telling about the WHS fundraiser, Dan!

  3. Looking at these incredible watercolors, with your little snow pieces slowly drifting down the page adding a really nice touch, has made my day.

  4. Beautiful artwork.

  5. Hardie Gramatky’s beautiful work always puts a smile on my face. Such wonderful art.

  6. Yes, beautiful artwork.

  7. I loved his work when I was a kid. And look, the Greens Farms Station hasn’t changed a bit …except that it’s now barely ever open.

  8. We have an original Gramatky that my husband’s uncle bought at grand central station around late 1940? It is a Turkey Hill scene in the river with skaters. The church steeple is in the background. It is beautiful!! Have seen one similar (different figures). Any idea of the insurance value? Thank u