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Guy C. Wiggins Biography:

Guy Carleton Wiggins (American 1883-1962) was born and raised in Lyme, Connecticut. He attended the Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn, New York to study architecture and later made the decision to become a painter and transferred to the National Academy of Design.

He quickly adopted the bright palette and lively brushwork of the impressionist movement and applied it to the New England landscape and the areas surrounding his hometown Lyme, Connecticut. He is closely associated with the Old Lyme School of American painting. Reminiscent of the wintery cityscapes by Childe Hassam, Wiggins best known works were to become his New York City snowscenes where he masterfully juxtapositioned the massively tall architecture of New York City against delicate snowfall. His works featured New York landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Wall Street building, the New York Public Library and 5th Street on snowy days.

In 1912 the Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired his New York cityscape, "Metropolitan Tower". He was a member of the Salmagundi Club and the National Arts Club. He won the Harris medal from the Art Institute of Chicago, 1917 and awards from the Art Club of Philadelphia, the Salmagundi Club and the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts.

He won prizes from the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (Hartford Prize, two Flagg Prizes); the Salmagundi Club; the Art Club of Philadelphia; and in 1917, he won the Norman Wait Harris Bronze medal from the Art Institute of Chicago. Guy Carleton Wiggins passed away in 1962.

Lawrence Beebe is the author of this biography, he is a Buyer of all works by Wiggins and he can be reached through email at or phone, 949-981-0070

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