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Everett L. Warner
Lyme Art Colony
(July 16, 1877–October 20, 1963)
In Lyme: 1910-1937
Everett Warner was born in Iowa in 1877 and showed an early interest in drawing. In 1891 he was creating pen and ink drawings of trains and machinery, and in 1894 he started art classes at the Corcoran Museum Art School and the Washington Art Students League. After graduation in 1897 Warner worked as an art critic for The Evening Star (Washington, D.C.).
In 1898 he exhibited for the first time at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and by 1900 he had moved to New York City to attend the Art Students league. He also began exhibiting at the Art Institute of Chicago and other prestigious juried American art exhibitions.
In 1903 he traveled to Paris to attend the Academie Julian and shared an apartment with fellow artists, Harry Hoffman and Arthur Spear. His work was accepted at the National Academy of Design and the Paris Salon Exhibitions for the first time. His etchings and paintings were admitted to the Salon every year thereafter. He spent the summers painting in Amsterdam and Bruges, and in 1904 toured France and Italy with his family and friend, Arthur Spear.
By 1906 he was back in the United States and had a one-man show at Veerhoff Galleries in Washington, D.C. before returning to Europe for a fifteen month painting tour. In 1909 he visited Old Lyme for the first time and stayed at the Griswold house. By 1911 he was regularly exhibiting his work in Old Lyme.
In 1923 he married Katherine Thomas in New Hamshire. They had three sons. He died of a heart attack in 1963, and in 1972 a fire destroyed the entire contents of his studio - paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, letters, and notes from his entire career.
Additional Reading: "A World Observed: The Art of Everett Longley Warner" exhibition catelogue, The Florence Griswold Museum, 1992.