WESTPORT — Westport has long been a hotbed of artistic talent. In the 20th century the town was home to many famous artists and illustrators, among them the award-winning Hardie Gramatky (1907-1979), a children’s book author and illustrator perhaps best known for Little Toot, his 1939 book about a mischievous tugboat in New York harbor that becomes a hero.
Gramatky, who was also a Disney animator and created art for a number of magazines, worked from his art studio in the home he shared with wife Dorothea Cooke Gramatky and daughter Linda Gramatky Smith, both also artists. Gramatky purchased that home - a gray farmhouse at 60 Roseville Road in the Long Lots neighborhood, the day after Christmas in 1946 sight unseen. It was built in 1923.