Photographer's Note

I grew up near this early 19th century gristmill in the small town of Cornish, New Hampshire.

The mill is located at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, which preserves the home of American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens within the Cornish Art Colony.

The Cornish Art Colony (or Cornish Artists’ Colony, or Cornish Colony) was a popular art colony centered in Cornish, New Hampshire from about 1895 through the years of World War I. Attracted by the natural beauty of the area, about 100 artists, sculptors, writers, designers, and politicians lived there either full time or during the summer months. With views across the Connecticut River Valley to Mount Ascutney in Vermont, the bucolic scenery purported to resemble that of an Italian landscape.

The central figure of the Cornish Colony was Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Beginning around 1885, Augustus attracted a summer colony of artists that grew into a single extended social network. Some were related, some were friends, some were promising students from the Art Students League of New York that Saint-Gaudens had co-founded, and some were Saint-Gaudens' assistants who developed significant careers of their own.

After his death in 1907 it slowly dissipated. His house and gardens are now preserved as Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

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