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James Gale Tyler

American

1855-1931

James Gale Tyler was born in Oswego, New York in 1855. He was a marine painter and illustrator and although he studied in 1870 with Archibald Cary Smith in New York City, he basically was self-taught.  He maintained studios in New York City from 1882 through 1899 and in Greenwich, Connecticut and Pelham, New York from the mid-1870s until his death in 1931, as well as in Providence (mid-1880s).

 

No aspect of maritime life escaped Tyler's attention. In addition to painting all types of boats-from old sloops to clipper ships-he painted a variety of seamen, coastal scenes and seascapes. His emphasis is more on mood and impression than on the exacting details conveyed by more realistic painters.

 

From 1900 to 1930, Tyler traveled each year to Newport, Rhode Island, where he painted the annual America's Cup Race. Some of these paintings were commissioned; the remainder were widely exhibited and critically acclaimed.  Late in life (1930) he painted the Shamrock and Enterprise off Newport and exhibited them at the Union League Club. His marine paintings were so popular during his lifetime that even his night views of boats coming home in the dark sold-out.

 

James G. Tyler was one of the most notable maritime painters and illustrators of his day. A partial list of museums that include Tyler’s paintings are The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art and the Peabody Essex Museum.

 

An American Cruiser at Sea

oil on canvas

15 x 19 inches

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