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James Gale Tyler (American, 1855-1931), “The Port Light”, oil on canvas, signed

James Gale Tyler (American, 1855-1931), “The Port Light”, oil on canvas, signed

Item Description:

Oil on canvas, signed lower left, in its original gilt frame


Appears fine. Please contact for specific condition questions.


Height 20 in. x Width 16 in. (sight)
Height 30 in. x Width 26 in. (frame)

About The Artist:

One of America’s foremost marine artists, James Gale Tyler was born in Oswego, New York in 1855. He moved to New York City where, studying with A. Cary Smith, he took his only formal art lessons. Tyler's signature painting became known for the emphasis on mood and impression, and his paintings are effused with subtle effects of light, vibrant color, and careful detail. It is for these reasons that Tyler’s paintings were extremely popular during his lifetime and continue to be popular today.

He got much of his subject matter from his annual trips to Newport, Rhode Island, where he painted every America’s cup race from 1900 to 1930. About his career, it was written that "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." He was a member of the Brooklyn Art Club, Artists Fund Society, Greenwich Society of Artists and the Salmagundi Club. He exhibited extensively at the National Academy, the Providence Art Club, the Boston Art Club and the Brooklyn Art Association and the PAFA. His work is in permanent collections at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC; Tokyo Museum; Wadsworth Athenaeum and elsewhere.


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