The site is identified! It's definitely Lighthouse Point in New Haven, Connecticut, and confirmed with the New Haven Museum/Historical Society. The lighthouse was erected in 1804 and became inactive in 1877 but left standing and is today a protected national historic landmark. There is an old carousel on the beach but the bath houses are no longer there. I'm now hoping that there will be a way to date the painting. It's undated but it looks like other works by Blenner from the early 1890s. I should be receiving some more information from the museum. Thanks again! Lisa
but other images don't match up all that well. I'll send an inquiry to the New Haven Historical Society. The lighthouse was built in 1804 and became inactive in 1877, but still exists in Lighthouse Point Park
New London looks too rocky and may have been too remote for that kind of tourist activity. Will keep the site posted. Lisa
It's always tricky to identify lighthouse on the old painting due to it could be demolished, rebuild or painter could be not very accurate in the details of construction. Anyway let's assume that it still exist and looks relatively same. Before we move to Europe i would like to check have you considered following options in US:
Last post by lnpeters - April 27, 2023, 01:03:16 PM
I'm researching this beach-scene painting for the Greenville County Museum (South Carolina). The painting is in the museum's collection. It is by the American artist Carle Blenner (1862-1952) and depicts a lighthouse, which is visible in the upper right . The painting is not dated but based on its style, it was probably rendered in the early 1890s. It was sold at auction in 2015 with the title of The Lido. However, no aspects of it match those of The Lido in Venice. Other sites I've looked into are Newport (where the artist spent time in the summer), Martha's Vineyard, Long Island, and Cape May, New Jersey. Experts have confirmed that it does not depict any of these locales. The artist lived in New Haven, Connecticut, and New York City. The lighthouse appears to me to be American but the artist did spend much time in Europe. There are architectural and landscape elements in the scene suggesting that the site is an actual and specific one. Any help anyone can provide about the lighthouse would be extremely appreciated in helping to determine the locale depicted in the painting.