Guy Carleton Wiggins American, 1883-1962


Although Guy Wiggins painted many New York snow scenes that would bring him prominence in American artistic circles, it was his paintings of his beloved Old Lyme and Essex, Connecticut that were much more personal to the artist. Taught first by his father, Carleton Wiggins, and later William M. Chase and Robert Henri at the National Academy of Design, Wiggins’ work was enthusiastically received from the beginning. Recognition came at the age of twenty when he became the youngest artist to have work accepted into the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and in 1919 he was elected a full member of the National Academy of Design.


When Wiggins was a student at the National Academy, Impressionism was the accepted basis of academic discipline. The artistic license of masters such as Childe Hassam and members of the “Ten” inspired the young artist and his style blossomed within this movement as he pursued the Impressionist form with an independent and passionate dedication. This was further instilled when Wiggins made the art colony in Old Lyme, Connecticut his summer home from 1920 to 1937. It was here in the early years of this century that impressionism germinated and grew from a French influenced aesthetic to something wholly native.


Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (Pres. 1927-1930’s)

Lotos Club

Lyme Art Association

National Academy of Design

National Art Club

New Haven Paint and Clay Club

Salmagundi Club


Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (prizes, 1916, 1918, 1926, 1931, 1933)

Rhode Island School of Design (prize, 1922)

New Rochelle Society of the Arts (prize, 1929)

New Haven Paint and Clay Club (prize, 1930)

Lotos Club (prize 1938)

Salmagundi Club (prizes 1916, 1919)

Museums and Public Collections

Art Institute of Chicago

Brooklyn Institute Museum

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut

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