Irving Ramsay Wiles papers, 1887-1935

Wiles, Irving Ramsay, b. 1861 d. 1948
Painter, Illustrator, Teacher
Active in New York, N.Y.; Peconic, N.Y.

Collection size: 0.7 linear feet

Collection Summary: Writings, photographs, letters, and printed material and address books relating to Irving Ramsey Wiles.

A majority of the collection consists of writings including thirty leatherbound journals containing daily appointments and notes regarding trips to London, Paris, and Italy.

Photographs are of Ramsey's studio at 106 West 55th St and 130 West 57th St., New York, his artwork, and photographs of Wiles and other attendees (including a large group photograph with identifications) at a dinner honoring painter Henry B. Snell at the Salmagundi Club, New York, March 16, 1919. Also included is a photograph of French portrait painter, Jean-Jacques Henner, in his Paris studio, 1872.

Two letters to Ramsey are from Michael L. McGarry inquiring about commissioning a portrait, and Mrs. A.M. Kemp regarding her availability as a model. Printed material includes newspaper clippings, and printed reproductions of commerical illustrations and the publications St. Nicholas, January 1887, M.A.P. in America, May 1906, and The Mentor, Dec. 1928, illustrated by Wiles.

Also included are two address books.

Biographical/Historical Note: Irving Ramsey (1861- 1948) was a portrait painter, illustrator and teacher in Utica, N.Y.

Donated 2007 and in 2010 by art historian and scholar, D. Frederick Baker, Baker-Pisano Collection. Baker received the papers as a gift from Gladys Wiles, Irving Wiles' widow.

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