Harry Leslie Hoffman was an artist associated with the Old Lyme art colony and a persistently creative individual who later became known for his paintings of the underwater world. He was known as a particularly witty and entertaining man by his peers and forged deep friendships with many of the Old Lyme colony artists over the seasons he spent at the colony as both a student and, later, a respected professional.
Hoffman arrived for his first season at Old Lyme in 1902. Being a student, he was not allowed to board at the Griswold house but became a familiar face among the other artists as he dined at the mansion almost nightly.
Once he became fully-recognized and accepted among the other Old Lyme artists, he devoted himself to their Impressionist leanings. He was quite a talented artist, and he would define himself later in life by painting underwater scenes using a bucket as an impromptu diving helmet. He travelled along with scientific expeditions to the Galapagos Islands and Bermuda.
Harry Leslie Hoffman led an interesting life, including passing up a career as a professional baseball player and being mistakenly arrested as a spy while sketching in Spain during his 1910 honeymoon.