Lemuel Maynard Wiles, American. 1826-1905.
Lemuel Maynard Wiles was born in 1826 in West Perry, New York, in the Genesee Valley. A noted landscape
painter in the realist tradition of the Hudson River School, he painted numerous landscapes in upstate
New York, including this panoramic view of the Shawangunk Mountains. He graduated from the New York State
Normal School in 1847, studied art in Albany, New York, for three years with William S. Hart. He later
taught with Jasper F. Cropsey in New York City. From 1850 to 1857, his focus was on painting, but later
in 1861, Lemuel Wiles moved to New York City, and three years later he opened his own studio. After a number
of painting trips in 1873 to 1874 to Colorado and California, Wiles spent time as director of the College
of Fine Arts at Ingham University in LeRoy, New York, and in 1893 initiated Peobody College's art department
in Nashville, Tennessee. He also taught summer classes at Peconic, Long Island in the late 1890s-early 1900's.
Lemuel Wiles died in 1905 in New York City.
Credit: Falk; Who Was Who in American Art; AskArt
Signed and titled en verso
"View from the top of Granit (Rd) looking South East, Wiles"
Oil on canvas on board. 10" x 15"