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Alphaeus P. Cole
Lyme Art Colony
American, (July 12, 1876–1988) In Lyme: summers c. 1920 - 1979.
Alphaeus P. Cole (1876-1988) was born on July 12, 1876 in New Jersey. At the age of nine his family moved to Florence, Italy where he attended school and had his first training in art in 1885. In 1892 he went to Paris and studied under Benjamin Constant and Jean Paul Laurens at the Academie Julian. He also studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He exhibited his first painting in the Paris Salon in 1900. That painting was later awarded Honorable Mention at the Pan-American Exhibition at Buffalo, New York in 1901.

He settled in London, England in 1903. There he married a young sculptress, Margaret Ward Walmsley. They returned to reside in America in 1911.

Cole was a highly regarded painter of portraits. He was an active member of the New York Watercolor Club, a life member of the National Arts Club, Member Emeritus of the Salmagundi Club, member of the National Academy of Design, member of the Hudson Valley Art Association, Lyme Art Association, and a life member of the Norfolk Museum.

Cole came to Lyme in the 1920’s to visit his friend Eugene Higgins. He then bought a house on Beaver Brook Road. He and Margaret were summer residents of Old Lyme for several decades until his home off Beaver Brook Road was destroyed by fire in 1979. When Margaret died after 59 years of marriage, Cole remarried twice – once in 1962 to Higgins’ widow, Anita. He was widowed in both of those marriages as well.

His paintings are in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Brooklyn Museum, and many universities.

Cole died at the age of 112 in New York.

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