Irving Ramsey Wiles (1861 – 1948) Important painting titled “The Whaleship Wanderer, New Bedford” Exhibited at the National Academy of Design, February-March 1988. Signed lower right. Oil on Canvas. Gallery label verso. Comes with original gallery receipt. Irving Ramsey Wiles was a master of a full spectrum of techniques and painting styles ranging from portraiture to genre and outdoor scenes. This painting reflects his enthusiasm for the subjects he selected. It is a fine example of Wiles’ bold impressionistic style used to capture the famous New England whaler, Wanderer. The 300 ton whaling bark ‘Wanderer’ was built at Mattapoisett Massachusetts in 1878. She measured 116 feet in length with a beam of 27 feet and drew of 15 feet below her waterline. She is famous as the last whale ship to sail out of New Bedford and was driven ashore and wrecked during a hurricane at Cuttyhunk on Buzzard’s Bay in the early 1920’s.
Provenance: Vallejo Gallery, Newport Beach, CA.
Sight Size: 20 x 24 in.
Overall Framed Size: 29 x 33 in.