Dwight William Tryon (1849 - 1925) was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and worked with J. de la Cheureuse, C.F. Daubigny, A. Guillemet, and H. Harpignes between 1876 and 1881. Tryon was a member of the American Watercolor Society, the Society of American Artists and the National Academy of Design. Twice he exhibited his work in the American Art Association Exhibition and won gold medals (in 1886 and 1887). Tryon was a friend of Chales Lang Freer (Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC), who collected many of Tryon's major paintings. Tryon established the art program at Smith College in Maryland and taught there from from 1885 until 1923. His works are housed in places such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Freer Museum, the Toledo Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Tryon spent his summers in South Dartmouth, MA and his winters in New York City. He was a Tonalist and is known for his subtle landscapes.