Item #AT-0467

James Gale Tyler (1855 - 1931) "Fishing Schooner" Oil on Canvas


James Gale Tyler (1855 - 1931) "Fishing Schooner" Oil on Canvas

Private Collection NJ




16"H x 25"W


20 "H x 28"W

James Gale Tyler was born in Oswego, NY in 1855, of a long line of sea captain ancestors. His interest in maritime subjects began as a young child, living on Lake Ontario. He moved to New York City at the age of 15, and studied marine painting under Archibald Cary Smith (1837-1911), one of the great marine artists of his day. This was the only formal art training he ever received.

He painted ships, seascapes, and yachting scenes, and quickly gained recognition among art collectors and yachtsmen. Additionally, Tyler worked as an illustrator and contributing writer to publications including Harperís, Century, and Literary Digest.

In 1892, an exhibition of 67 paintings by Tyler was held at Fifth Avenue Art Galleries in New York City. (At that time, Tyler maintained a studio in New York.) The following year, Tylerís monumental oil, painted in 1888, Normanís Woe, of the famously treacherous reef off Gloucester, MA, was exhibited at the World's Columbian Exhibition, held in Chicago in 1893. The painting traveled from Chicago by rail car to the Art Palace, San Francisco, where it was exhibited at the Midwinter Fair, 1894.

Among Tylerís most coveted paintings are his yachting scenes, of which he painted a very limited number. These include several compositions devoted to Americaís Cup challenge races.

Towards the end of Tylerís career, he moved to Greenwich, CT and for several years painted a series of oils of clipper ships sailing by moonlight, all very similar in subject matter and style. These dark pictures, however, pale in comparison to his earlier works.

James Gale Tyler moved to Pelham, NY in 1931, where he died later that year.

Tylerís paintings are in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Omaha Museum of Art, Marinerís Museum, Peabody-Essex Museum, and the New York Historical Society, and others.

*Researched, written, and by Ann Marenakos, ASA, Adelaide Fine Art