Lecture to Focus on Maritime Art Collecting

The Mystic River Historical Society of Mystic, Connecticut, will host a free lecture by Laura Beach on the history of collecting maritime art and artifacts. The lecture is on November 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Americans have been collecting marine art and antiques since the 18th century, enshrining collections in the forerunners of institutions such as the Peabody Essex Museum, the New Bedford Whaling Museum and Mystic Seaport as early as 1799. In the 20th century, collectors such as Henry Francis du Pont and the Connecticut antiques dealers J.A. Lloyd Hyde of Old Lyme and Norman Flayderman of New Milford were among those who helped popularize the art and artifact of the country’s seafaring past.

Beach will provide a brief history of collecting marine antiques and will discuss popular collecting categories such as antique sailors’ valentines, scrimshaw, sailors’ woolworks, ship’s figureheads, portraits, landscapes, ship models and Chinese export paintings and porcelain. She will also offer tips on finding bargains in local shops and auctions.


  • When: Wednesday, November 30, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Parish Hall of the Mystic Congregational Church, Mystic, CT
  • Cost: Free

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