Aiden Lassell Ripley

(1896-1969)

Aiden Lassell Ripley studied for one year at the Fenway School of Illustration in 1917 but left to join the Army when WWI began. Upon returning, he attending the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School to study with Philip Hale and F. Benson from 1919-24. There he was quite influenced by the Boston School, of which Edmund Tarbell was associated with. In his final year of school he received the Paige Traveling Fellowship. He spent two years abroad in France, Holland and Northern Africa. Ripley was known for his watercolors of New England, sporting scenes and outdoor life. The spontaneity in brushwork and light colors reveal a move away from tradition academicism. He occasionally received commissions and produced a series of fourteen murals based on the life of Paul Revere for the Paul Revere Insurance Company. In the mid 1930s, Ripley settled in Lexington MA. He continued to paint until old age and worked to preserve wildlife and endangered species.