Irving Ramsey Wiles
Scallop Boats, Peconic Bay, Circa 1915
Oil on panel, 10 x 14 inches
Signed Irving R. Wiles lower left
Early 20th Century American Arts & Crafts Frame
Irving Wiles, considered one of the finest figure painters of his generation, was equally celebrated for the freely painted, plein-air marine views he created at his summer home on Peconic Bay, Long Island.
In Scallop Boats, Wiles, an accomplished sailor and keen observer of small craft, captures the disappearing practice of scalloping in Long Island Sound in a broad impressionist manner. This sparkling work succinctly conveys the character of these boats, the activity of the scallopers raking in their catch, and the quality of light and atmosphere on a hazy summer day within a tightly compressed, energetic composition.