James Gale Tyler was a marine painter and illustrator who was born in Oswego, New York, in 1855. He maintained studios in New York City from 1882 through 1899 and in Greenwich, Connecticut from the mid-1870s until his death in Pelham, New York in 1931, and in Providence (mid-1880s).
Although Tyler studied in 1870 with Archibald C. Smith in New York City, he basically was self-taught. He was a member of the Brooklyn Art Club; the Salmagundi Club (1893); Artists Fund Society and the Greenwich Society of Artists. He exhibited extensively at the National Academy, the Providence Art Club, the Boston Art Club and the Brooklyn Art Association and the PAFA. His work is in permanent collections at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC; Tokyo Museum; Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT; Omaha Museum of Art, NB; Mariner's Museum, N.Y. Historical Society and elsewhere.
Tyler painted every America's Cup race since 1900 and his illustrations of ships sailing off Newport were reproduced in Literary Digest, Harper's and Century magazines. Late in life (1930) he painted the Shamrock and Enterprise off Newport and exhibited them at the Union League Club. His marine paintings were so popular during his lifetime, that even his night views of boats coming home in the dark sold-out. He is listed in every leading art reference book and his work is highly sought after .