Harbor Scene

Robert Hogg Nisbet

Etching on paper

4 x 5 in.

Signed in pencil, lower right


Robert Hogg Nisbet


Robert Hogg Nisbet is noted for his landscape, figure, genre, and etching work. He is associated with Connecticut artist colonies including Old Lyme.

A Rhode Island native, Nisbet studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and in New York at the Art Students League with Willard Leroy Metcalf and Frank DuMond. He completed his training in Europe under Henry Snell.

Upon his return from Europe, he settled in New York where he served as president of the Art Students League (1909-1910). During the early 1900s, Nisbet summered in Old Lyme, Connecticut and later in Kent, Connecticut where he founded the Kent Art Association. In 1910, Nisbet married and caused quite a stir in the social circles of the New York art world since his bride, Marguerite had been Metcalf’s wife, Nisbet’s teacher.

Nisbet was elected an Associate Member of the National Academy of Design in 1920 and a National Academician (N.A.) in 1928. He was an Artist Life Member of the National Arts Club. One of the incorporators of the Society of American Etchers, he was also a member of the Philadelphia Society of Etchers.

National Academy, elected full Academician
New York Water Color Club
Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts
National Arts Club
Salmagundi Club
Providence Art Club
Philadelphia Society of Etchers
American Watercolor Society

Selected Collections:
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  • Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC
  • Butler Institute of American Art, Younstown, Ohio
  • Florence Griswold Museum of Art, Old Lyme, Connecticut
Selected Exhibitions:
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1906-1910, 1915,1917, 1922-1925 , Na
  • Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts in 1913 (prize),1915 (prize)
  • Corcoran Gallery Biennial 1914-1928
  • National Academy of Design in 1915 (prize), 1923 (prize), 1931 (prize)
  • Panama-Pacific Exhibition in San Francisco in 1915 (medal)
  • Los Angeles Museum of Art 1925 (prize)

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