Winchworth Allan Gay was born in West Hingham, MA in 1821.
He studied with Robert W. Weir at West Point in 1838 and with Constant Troyon in Paris during the period 1847 to 1851. Gay returned from his study abroad in 1851, establishing a studio in Boston.
Gay was a popular artist with Boston collectors, known for his New England landscapes influenced by the French Barbizon style. He traveled often to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, especially to West Compton which had become an artists’ colony by the late 1850s.
He resided in Japan from 1877 to 1881. On his return to Boston, he exhibited his scenic paintings of canals, temples, and old castles in Japan. He continued to paint until 1890.
He exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Association (1872, 1879), the Boston Art Club (1873-1877), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and the National Academy of Design (1869, 1875). His works can be found at the Boston Athenaeum and the Hingham Historical Society.
He died in West Hingham, MA in 1910.
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