Arthur Vidal Diehl (1870 - 1929)
Corner of Fort Marion, St. Augustine, 1923
Oil on board
7 3/4 x 8 1/4
Signed and dated at lower right: Arthur V. Diehl 1923
Inscribed verso: To Chas. F. Hargrave / Feb. 5th, St Augustine / Fla. / Arthur V. Diehl / in his studio / St. Augustine Fla. / Corner of Fort Marion
Arthur Vidal Diehl was born in London in 1870. By the time he was nineteen he had abandoned his education at Oxford University and gone off to roam around Europe stopping briefly to study painting in Milan. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in London before leaving for the US in 1891, where he arrived broke but in possession of a wealth of talents.
He eventually went to Provincetown in 1912 with his third wife. He also had studios in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey; Boston, Worcester, and Truro, Massachusetts; and St. Augustine, Florida. He summered on Cape Cod every year after that until his death in 1929. His first studio was at the Pamet Coast Guard Station in Truro. He later had a studio in the Provincetown Art Shop. Diehl was always completely indifferent to price and artistic reputation, and painted voluminously as the only way to assure an income for his family.
He died on January 12th at the Truesdale Hospital in Fall River. Arthur Diehl is buried in the Moody lot at Gray Gables Cemetary in Bourne.