SOLD The Public Library, New York Winter

by Guy C. Wiggins (1883–1962)
Oil on canvas
25¼ x 30¼ inches
Signed lower left: Guy Wiggins; on verso: THE PUBLIC LIBRARY /NEW YORK WINTER / Guy Wiggins N.A.


Joseph Sartor Galleries, Dallas, Texas

Private collection, acquired from above, ca. 1930

Private collection, by descent from above

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, September 26, 1996, lot 167, from above

Private collection, New York, acquired from above

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, December 3, 2003, lot 167, from above

Private collection, New York, acquired from above

Sale, Sotheby’s New York, New York, May 22, 2013, lot 44

Private collection, Westchester, New York

Sale, Christie’s, New York, New York, April 21, 2023, lot 197, from above

Related Works

Fifth Avenue at the Library, oil on canvas, 24¼ x 20 inches, signed lower left; Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

New York Library, Fifth Avenue, 1903–1962, oil on board, 11⅝ x 8¾ inches; New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut

December Blizzard on Fifth Avenue, 1921, oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches; Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Nebraska

Note: Guy C. Wiggins had a particular interest in rendering the city’s landmarks in winter, blanketed with snow. In this work, Wiggins depicts the New York Public Library looking north from 5th Avenue. The two spires of St. Patrick’s Cathedral are just visible through the falling snow along the right side of the street.

Artist Biography

New York has always been my favorite subject, especially streets in snow storms.[1] —Guy C. Wiggins, 1948

By Nina Sangimino

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Notes
VII. Suggested Resources

I. Biography

Of the great family legacies in American art, Wiggins is definitely at the forefront. Carleton Wiggins studied with George Inness and painted landscapes with a Barbizon influence, and his grandson Guy A. Wiggins still paints both rural landscapes and urban city views. Yet the most well known of this clan is

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