1840sThe artist A. J. Wiggin first came to Gloucester.Arts and Culture, Art

Afterward, he continued to visit Cape Ann for business and pleasure. A portrait and landscape painter, Wiggin was enormously influenced by photographs, learning more accurate representations from them and becoming a photographer himself. His artistic development eventually transcended the folk tradition. His ability to depict three dimensions through modeling, the quality of his skin tones and general color sense, and his facility with paint application improved over time. He later married Eliza Dennison of Gloucester and painted portraits of prominent Gloucester residents including General Benjamin Butler.

Cape Ann Museum. “Alfred J. Wiggin.” https://www.capeannmuseum.org/collections/artists/alfred-j-wiggin/.
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