Sunday, June 23, 2013

The sailing ship

I found this evocative old print entitled "The Guiding Light."  James Gale Tyler was born in Oswego, New York in 1855.  He became interested in the sea as a teenager, eventually becoming one of the most notable maritime painters and illustrators of his time with his work appearing in Harper's, Century and Literary Digest.  During his lifetime, he documented the disappearance of the sailing ship.  Between 1900 and 1930, he regularly painted the annual America's Cup Race. The very popularity of his artwork made him one of the most forged artists, so much so that he was forced to take legal action against the forgers.    Although he lived most of his life in Greenwich, Connecticut, he moved to Pelham, New York where he died in 1931.

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