Copy of J. Alden Weir's Portrait of Albert Pinkham Ryder
Commissioned by Emil Carlsen
National Park Service
Weir Farm National Historic Site, Wilton, CT
Weir shared his love of Windham as well as the many comforts of his Windham home with several close friends who were prominent American painters. Albert Pinkham Ryder, who had his own room at Weir’s Branchville house, also visited Windham. Ryder and Weir first became friends around 1870 when both were enrolled at the National Academy of Design in New York City. Weir invited the reclusive painter to Windham in September 1903.
"The train Weir had mentioned was a through train that left New York at 8:15 A.M., a painfully early hour for a night owl like Ryder. To make sure of catching it he decided to sit up all the previous night. The effort was too much for him: an hour or two before he was to leave he fell asleep, of course missed the train, and had to come the following day. Ryder was completely done in by this harrowing experience. I remember our childish amazement and amusement when we noticed that he did not help himself to some dish that was passed him, and discovered that he had fallen asleep sitting upright at the table." 21
Dorothy Weir Young