Farmington Room Blog: R. J. Holden

Today I’ve put together for you a “micro-exhibit” featuring some of the work of artist and Connecticut resident R.J. Holden.  His work was really beautiful, and I was glad to be able to cobble together this little “collection.”

DSC01302This lovely winter scene was donated to the library by the artist himself, along with what I must say is an exceptionally charming letter.  It reads:

To the Librarian-

My longtime friend and associate L.K. Porritt tells me your library has now quite a collection of R.J.H. watercolors-one of these days I’ll stop by and have a look.

It so happens at 75 years I still have most of my buttons, for which I am thankful.  I still produce one painting a year for the Am. Artist Group Christmas card-76 issue enclosed.

In ’74 produced illustrations for Marion Hepburn Grant’s “The Fenwick Story,” pub. Conn. Hist. Soc.

During ’75 the pictures for Thoreau’s “A Week on the Concord + Merrimack Rivers” Limited Editions Club.  I am as surprised about this as anybody.

R.J. Holden


Sterling, Conn.

DSC01297Luckily, the Farmington Room has a copy of The Fenwick Story, which I’ve put on display.

DSC01299Holden’s illustrations are beautiful, and I highly recommend taking a look.  The final piece of the puzzle was this beautiful watercolor, recently shown to me by Executive Director Jay Johnston.  One of our regular Farmington Room visitors had wanted to see it, and at the time I didn’t even realize that it was an R.J. Holden piece.

DSC01298All together, we have a lovely little “micro-exhibit” that I encourage you to stop by and take a look at.

DSC01296In other Farmington Room news, I wanted to let you all know that our Biblioboard anthology Farmington Scrapbook: A Walk Down Memory Lane has been updated and now features some great photos of the 1992 re-dedication of the grave site of Foone, an Amistad captive who drowned in the Farmington River while staying in town.  These can be found in the Local Happenings collection.  If you have any questions about Biblioboard, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

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