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Chauncey Ryder

Chauncey Ryder
Chauncey Ryder
Chauncey Ryder was another good friend of Robert Strong Woodward having made at least one visit to the Hiram Woodward Studio and one to the Southwick Studio of Mr. Woodward. RSW often referred to him as "My Good Friend Chauncey Ryder."

Chauncey Foster Ryder Biography

1868     Born in Danbury, Connecticut
1891     Studied at the Art Institute of Chicago
1901     Moved to Paris to study art at the Academie Julien
1907     Won an honorable mention for Ce Que Rende La Mer (That Which the Sea Gives Up)
1907     Moved to New York
1903     Exhibited works at the annual Paris Salon until 1909
1909     Opened his own studio in New York
1915     Associate of the National Academy
1920     Academician of the National Academy
1907     Represented by the prominent New York art dealer, William Macbeth until 1949
1949     Died in Wilton, New Hampshire

Chauncey Foster Ryder, American, (1868-1949).

Chauncey Foster Ryder was born in Danbury, Connecticut in 1868. He spent much of his youth in New Haven, Connecticut, where he began to pursue an interest in painting between the ages of ten and twelve. In his early twenties he moved to Chicago for artistic instruction, studying first at the Art Institute and then at Smith's Academy, where he became an instructor after his first year as a student. In 1891, he moved to France so that he could study art in Paris. He first enrolled in the Academie Julien. After two years there, he began to exhibit works at the annual Paris Salon, and showed works regularly there from 1903-1909.

1907 was also an important year for Ryder when the prominent New York art dealer, William Macbeth, began to represent him, selling the first of Ryder's works after only two months of partnership. Theirs was a lifelong business relationship. Ryder soon moved to New York City and began to show his work both in Paris and in New York, and finally in 1909 he opened a studio in New York City.

In 1910 Ryder began to travel throughout New England, the landscape of which provided much of the subject matter for his work. He and his wife bought a house in Wilton, New Hampshire. They also summered for several years on Monhegan Island, Maine and painted for some time in Old Lyme, CT with the Old Lyme Art Colony.

Ryder's exhibition career is extensive from the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Lyme Art Association, the Art Institute of Chicago, and many other galleries and art associations. Ryder's paintings are included in the collections of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT and the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, to name a few.
The above essay was taken in its entirety from "Who Was Who in American Art,"
by Peter Hastings Falk, published in 1935

Chauncey Ryder
"Verdant Hillside" by Chauncey Ryder
image courtesy of Blue Heron Fine Art
Chauncey Ryder
"Autumn Hillside with Distant River" by Chauncey Ryder
image courtesy of Blue Heron Fine Art
Chauncey Ryder
"Old Lyme Connecticut" by Chauncey F. Ryder
image courtesy of Blue Heron Fine Art
Temple Mountain by Chauncey F. Ryder
"Temple Mountain" by Chauncey F. Ryder
Image courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

I specifically remember Chauncey Ryder making at least one painting in Buckland during one of his visits with Robert Strong Woodward. While many years have passed, I believe that it is the painting "Verdant Hillside" pictured top right above.

The Little White House In Winter by Chauncey Ryder
A newspaper clipping from the scrapbook kept by Robert Strong Woodward

June 2012