Robert Wylie

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The Models of Pont-Aven, c. 1870, Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection

Robert Wylie (1839 - February 4, 1877), American artist, was born in the Isle of Man and relocated with his parents to the United States as a child.

Wylie studied in the schools of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, later serving a curator. In 1860, he helped found the Philadelphia Sketch Club, now one of the nation's oldest artists' clubs. His early work as a sculptor in Philadelphia is little known, with only a few works positively attributed to him.[1]

In 1863, the directors of the Pennsylvania Academy sent Wylie to France to study. He went to Pont-Aven, Brittany, in the early 1860s, where he remained until his death there in 1877. He painted Breton peasants and scenes in the history of Brittany; among his important works was a large canvas, "The Death of a Vendean Chief," now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He won a medal of the second class at the Paris Salon of 1872.


  1. ^ Myers, Julia Rowland. "Robert Wylie: Philadelphia sculptor, 1856-1863", Archives of American Art Journal, v. 40 no. 1/2 (2000) p. 4-17.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Wylie, Robert". Encyclopædia Britannica. 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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