Lyme home of Impressionist painter featured at Smithsonian listed for $825K

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Some of impressionist painter Guy Wiggins’ best known works depict the streets and landmarks of New York City. While the artist painted landscapes and scenery from locations in Manhattan and beyond, Wiggins’ former home was in Connecticut.

Now on the market for $825,000, Wiggins’ former house at 401 Hamburg Road in Lyme was built around 1764, and the artist and his father — fellow artist Carleton Wiggins — lived there for around 17 years starting from about 1920, according to information provided by William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. A member of the Old Lyme Art Colony, Wiggins was among a community of artists to work out of the Florence Griswold house in Old Lyme and were inspired by the New England countryside as they painted in open air.

Wiggins was the youngest American to have his work accepted into the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, according to his biography, and was among the younger members of the art colony. Wiggins based his artistic style on French impressionism, but through the colony, his work was influenced by Boston-born impressionist painter, Child Hassam, his biography notes. 

Inside the art studio at the home on 401 Hamburg Road in Lyme, Conn.

Inside the art studio at the home on 401 Hamburg Road in Lyme, Conn.

Tina Rupp / Contributed Photo

Wiggins created many of his notable works at the Lyme property he once owned, according to Sotheby’s, and several of his paintings are on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and Florence Griswold Museum, among others. The Hamburg Road property still has an art studio on its grounds, which the father-son art duo first established as an art school. Currently, the studio is outfitted with a bathroom and a kitchenette, as well as cathedral ceilings, a fireplace and exposed beams, according to Sotheby’s.

In total, there are four bedrooms and three full bathrooms spread across 3,112 square feet of living space and three “antique” buildings, the listing notes. Throughout the property, there are original details, such as exposed beams and stone fireplaces. Outside the 258-year-old home, there’s a saltwater pool.

While the Hamburg Road home is listed for $825,000, national real estate brokerage Redfin notes that the median sale price for homes in Lyme’s 06371 ZIP code are around $575,000 as of June 2022. Homes in the area tend to sell in around 32 days, according to Redfin, though homes that are considered to be among the most competitive on the market will go pending in around nine days and sell for 6 percent over asking price.

The 401 Hamburg Road home is listed by William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty – Essex Brokerage and is presented by Tina Rupp (917-207-2762).