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Auction Highlights Home  > Guy Wiggins (NY/CT, 1883-1962), New York Winter,

 Guy Wiggins (NY/CT, 1883-1962), New York Winter,  

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Item Description
oil on board, signed lower right "Guy Wiggins," view down Wall Street towards Trinity Church in winter, figures hurriedly scurry through the blowing snow as cabs and buses cluster between the buildings, American flags hang proudly above the street, presented in an attractive molded and gilt wood frame; Guy Carleton Wiggins was only one in a family of artists. Despite this seemingly genetic pre-disposition to artistic pursuits, Guy C. Wiggins was the most gifted, and most prolific, of the family. He was born in Old Lyme, Connecticut but spent his childhood abroad while his father painted the countryside. Upon his return to the States, Wiggins enrolled as an architect student at the Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn. It was not long before he decided to follow in the footsteps of his father and focus on painting. He studied at the National Academy of Design under Chase and Henri, eventually becoming a full member in 1919. This painting is a perfect example of the pictures that endeared Wiggins to a wide audience - New York in winter. - SS 14.5"h x 9.75"w; DOA 19.5"h x 14.5"w From the estate of Dr. Mildred Pfeiffer of Philadelphia (1910-1992). Dr. Pfeiffer was among the first women to receive an MD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1936. She added a Masters Degree of Public Health in 1943. She became one of the most important figures in public health in Pennsylvania after WWII as head of chronic diseases for the state. She was also director of the Bureau of Cardiovascular Diseases and played a part in forming the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and the American Geriatric Society. She is probably best known for the large walk through heart exhibit at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Originally designed as a temporary display in 1953, the heart is still an important feature at the museum fifty four years later. Dr. Pfeiffer’s interest extended well beyond medicine to include architecture, chemical engineering, law, music, and from an early age, art. Her father was an artist and she considered a career in art but was steered toward the sciences by her high school physics teacher, Mabel Purdy, who became Dr. Pfeiffer's life partner after college, sharing Ms. Purdy's residence in Merion, Pennsylvania, one of Philadelphia's historic Main Line communities. The current lot is from their shared home and may have been originally purchased by Ms. Purdy or Dr. Pfeiffer's parents who were very active in the arts.
Sale Details
Sold For: $17,500.00
On: Sep 15, 2007
City: Hillsborough
State: NC
Seller Information
Auctioneer: Leland Little
Company: Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales