The Sonata (1889). Irving Ramsay Wiles (American, 1861-1948). Oil on canvas. Wiles studied with William Merritt Chase and Arthur Beckwith in New York, and at Academie Julien with Lefebvre in Paris. He later became an important illustrator for periodicals such as Scribners, Harpers and The Century. Like Chase, Wiles made teaching an important part of his artistic career. Chase so admired Wiles that after his death, Wiles was entrusted to finish several portraits in Chase’s studio.