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Irving Ramsey Wiles (April 8, 1861 – July 29, 1948) was an American artist, born in Utica, New York.


Irving Ramsey Wiles, son of artist, Lemuel Maynard Wiles, grew up near his father’s studio on Washington Square in New York City. The father was pleased with his son'sartistic talent and encouraged him to enroll at the Art Students League. At the League, the young Wiles studied under William Merritt Chase, who had the greatest impact on his painterly style. Wiles went abroad to France in the early 1880’s where he studiedat the Academie Julian under Jules Joseph Lefebvre (1834-1911) and Gustave Rudolph Boulanger (1824-1888).

Wiles also took classes at the Aademie Colarossi where he was said to have won a silver medal.[1] Later he entered the private atelier of Carolus Duran (1838-1917), perhaps best known for the success of his most famous pupil, John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). After two years of study in Paris, Wiles returned to New York in the spring of 1884,[2] supporting himself as an illustrator. In the 1890s, he began to earn an income as a painting instructor. During the 1890s, Wiles established himself as one of the best young portraitists and figure painters on the East Coast. Wiles enjoyed a successful career,winning numerous, important artistic prizes. By 1895, Wiles and his father established a summer school across Peconic Bay from William Merritt Chase’s school in Shinnecock Hills, and by 1910 the artist purchased a home in Peconic on the North Fork of Long Island, where he spent his summers until his death in 1948.

6512E2A1 97FF 49C8 BBFB 98979B7A46DFBackdoor of the Studio by Irving Ramsey Wiles


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