Wilson Henry Irvine spent many summers with the Old Lyme Art Colony prior to moving to Lyme, Connecticut from Chicago in 1918. Inspired by his East Coast contemporaries, he debuted as a landscape painter in 1903 and was quick to adopt the “generalized forms and decorative coloration characteristic of second-generation American Impressionism” (1). His many subjects include the fishing fleets of Cornwall and Brittany, and the English countryside, but the inspiration for his coastal scenes, and harbor views often came primarily from New England locations such as Boston, Maine, and Gloucester .
Irvine was a member of the Chicago Society of Artists, the Cliff Dwellers, the Salmagundi Club, the National Arts Club, and the Lyme Art Association. The renowned collection of the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, now at the Florence Griswold Museum, includes two of his paintings as well as a number of prestigious American museums including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Denver Art Museum, and the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford.!
1. William Gerdts. Art Across America, vol. 2 (New York, London and Paris: Abbeville Press Publishers, 1990), 308.