Carroll Sargent Tyson (1878-1956)
The Shearwater (Richardsons Jaeger)
Dated at Lower Right: August 31st 1918.
Inscribed at Lower Right: Plate No. 64/Richardsons Jaeger. August 31, 1918
Watercolor on paper 21 x 28 inches
Frame size: 26 1/2 x 33 inches
Artist and collector, Carroll Sargent Tyson was born in Philadelphia in 1878. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and at the Royal Academy of Munich, Germany. Tyson received many awards for his talents, among them the Sesnan Gold medal at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, a Bronze medal at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, the Carnegie Prize for the Most Meritorious painting by an American at the 118th Exhibition of the National Academy of Design, the Chevalier Cross of the Legion of Honor from the French Government and the Philadelphia Art Club's Gold Medal. Tyson exhibited regularly at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1905-1950, and major exhibitions of Tyson's work were held at the Durand-Ruel Gallery, Waldenstein Gallery, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and The Corcoran Gallery in Washington.
Northeast Harbor, a small community in Mt. Desert Island, Maine, was Tyson's passion. From late April or early May he was there until November, hunting, fishing and, as is evident, painting. His greatest artistic inspiration arose from his other passion, ornithology. He wrote a booklet on birds with his nephew and was extremely knowledgeable about them, particularly those of "his" island, both migratory and native. Tyson began painting birds in watercolors around the year 1918, from nature as well as from stuffed specimens.