Dwight Tryon was mostly self-taught until, at age 26, he went to Paris from his native Hartford for formal instruction. He stayed five years in France, then returned to New York where he set up a studio. He soon made South Dartmouth, Massachusetts his summer home; and two years later joined the faculty of Smith College in Northampton. For many years he was head of the Smith art department. When he retired in 1923, he began to spend summers exploring Buzzards Bay aboard his sloop. Altogether, a long and satisfyting career in art for a man who had once, while working in a bookstore, confided his dreams of a life of art to Mark Twain and been roundly discouraged. Tyron was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1891. His prize list is long and impressive, and his work belongs to several major museums.