Aiden Lassell Ripley


American, 1896-1969

As a child, Aiden Lassell Ripley was interested in both music and art. Although he was a talented pianist and tuba player, he decided to study art at the Fenway School of Illustration in Boston. He joined the Army during World War I and served as an infantryman and in the military band. After his discharge in 1919, Ripley returned to New England to study with Frank Benson and Philip Hale at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts where he specialized in landscapes. In 1924, he received a fellowship to travel to France, the Netherlands, and North Africa for two years. After his return, landscape and portraiture sales suffered during the Great Depression. Ripley adapted to the situation by temporarily teaching at the Harvard School of Architecture and by incorporating hunting and fishing scenes into his landscapes, as sales of sporting images remained strong. He continued to focus on images of game birds and sporting scenes for the remainder of his artistic career but also created portraits and historical works on commission.

A Double Chance
15" x 20"