Columbus Circle, New York
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Guy Carleton Wiggins ( 1883 - 1962)
Guy Wiggins was born 23rd February 1883 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Carleton Wiggins (1848-1932), a landscape painter and academician who had himself been a pupil of George Innes (1825-1894), one of the foremost landscape painters of the 19th century. Guy Wiggins studied with his father before briefly studying architecture at the Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn and subsequently enrolling at the National Academy. He became an outstandingly successful painter, noted for his winter scenes set in New York City where he lived in the winter months, in 1929 living on West 59th Street. Summers were spent in his father’s town of Old Lyme, Connecticut, home to a colony of painters working in an American Impressionist style, and where Wiggins painted summer landscapes under their influence. In 1937 he established an art school in the nearby town of Essex.