John Carleton Wiggins, also know as just Carleton Wiggins, was one of the early artists of the colony at Old Lyme, CT. He was best known for his bucolic landscapes, especially those featuring cows. His more famous son was Guy Wiggins. In addition to painting in the area of Old Lyme, he also painted in East Hampton, Long Island, in the 1890s. As evidenced by his view of Mount Washington, he is known to have painted in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Wiggins studied at the National Academy of Design with George Inness in 1870.
He became an associate member of the National Academy in 1890 and a full member in 1906. Wiggins exhibited at the National Academy, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Boston Art Club among others.
His work is preserved at the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Corcoran Gallery of Art.
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