Featuring European and American master drawings, First Impressions showcases seldom seen treasures from the Lyman Allyn’s permanent collection. The digital exhibit includes drawings and watercolors from the 15th through the early 20thcentury by German, Dutch, Italian, French, British, and American masters. Many were acquired in the 1930’s by the museum’s first director Winslow Ames, who was a venerable drawings scholar. While some of these are finished works of art, others are preliminary sketches for paintings, revealing the detailed working methods of artists such as Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres and Edgar Degas.
With this online exhibition, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum showcases important recent acquisitions to the permanent collection, highlighting new gifts of modern and contemporary art. In late 2015 and early 2016, the Museum was the fortunate recipient of four gifts, most notably an outstanding group of 114 modern and contemporary objects from the collection of Anthony and Elizabeth Enders.