November 26, 2020

Death of Guy Wiggins Announced; Grandfather John Carleton Wiggins Helped Found Art Colony in Old Lyme, Father Guy C. Wiggins was Famous American Impressionist

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Guy Wiggins, a third-generation painter, scholar and diplomat has died Oct. 28, 2020, at age 100.

By Michael Astor

Guy Wiggins, a third-generation painter who traveled the world as a soldier, scholar and diplomat before devoting himself to an art career that lasted nearly half a century, has died at 100. The cause was cancer.

He was the son of a famous American Impressionist, Guy C. Wiggins and grandson of a celebrated Hudson River School painter, John Carleton Wiggins …

… When he was 10 the Great Depression hit and the family retreated to Old Lyme, where his grandfather, John Carleton Wiggins had helped establish an art colony decades earlier. His father and mother shrewdly bet that they could sell art lessons even if they couldn’t sell art and opened the Guy Wiggins Art School there in order to make ends meet. The school was successful and became a beacon for aspiring artists …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Oct. 30 in The Day.

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