Lemuel Maynard Wiles
The father of the noted portraitist Irving Ramsay Wiles, Lemuel Maynard Wiles was a distinguished nineteenth-century landscape painter. He trained in the Hudson River School tradition under William M. Hart and Jasper Francis Crospey but infused his paintings with the soft touch of the Barbizon movement. He exhibited widely at the National Academy of Design, the Brooklyn Art Association, the Boston Art Club and the Art Institute of Chicago. He was also a talented, dedicated art teacher who served as the director of the College of Fine Arts at Ingham University in LeRoy, New York, initiated Peobody College's art department in Nashville, Tennessee, and founded the Silver Lake Art School in Ingham. His paintings can be seen at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Stowell-Wiles Art Gallery, and the Southold Historical Society.