Allen Butler Talcott was an American painter who was an active member of the Old Lyme colony painters. He had a promising career but his life ended suddenly with a heart attack at the age of 41.
Talcott had the advantage of being born into a wealthy and well-known family which enabled him to study at the most prestigious institutions of his day. He studied at the Hartford Art Society and the New York Art Students League. His studies abroad included the Academie Julien in Paris.
He was a close friend of Henry Ward Ranger and it was this relationship that drew him to the Old Lyme colony during the second season of its existence. He fell in love with the town of Old Lyme and eventually bought an estate there where he lived with his wife and young son.
Allen Butler Talcott was primarily a landscape artist with a remarkable ability to paint trees. Like many of his peers, he started out with a primarily Tonalist bent but evolved into an Impressionist in his later years. He was highly-regarded among his peers for his technique and the depth of his knowledge and much more admired for his characteristic humility.