James Tyler was one of the most prominent marine painters and illustrators of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Tyler painted every aspect of maritime life, and his images of boats, seamen, and seascapes were so popular that they were widely collected and widely forged. His vivid, atmospheric style earned him critical comparisons to Albert Ryder as well as several important commissions; he painted the annual America’s Cup race from 1900 until 1930 and produced illustrations for well-known magazines like Harper’s, Century, and Literary Digest. His work can now be found in The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the New York Historical Society, the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, and the Tokyo Museum.
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