James Gale Tyler (1855-1931) was a maritime painter and illustrator. He was born in Oswego, N.Y. and became very well-known during his lifetime. Tyler is famous for his maritime paintings, and his interest in the ocean and seagoing vessels began early, by the age of 15. It was written that, 'no aspect of maritime life escaped Tyler's attention. In addition to painting all types of boats – from old sloops to clipper ships – he painted a variety of seamen, coastal scenes, and seascapes.' He had many illustration commissions during his career, such as Harper’s, Century, and Literary Digest.