The following information was submitted by Ellin Mashin, the artist's niece:
Irving Wolfson, was born 1899 at 399 Grand Street, on the lower east side of Manhattan. He is the second of three boys, all born at the same address. His father, Benjamin Wolfson, was a photographer and owned his own photo shop at 399 Grand Street.
Artwork was his only vocation and all his earnings, which were meager, came only from his art. He worked in charcoal, watercolors, oils, and etched. He talked about little else but art. In addition, he was a great American. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at the beginning of WWII, and requested double basic training service. He was married to Miriam Williamson, who he met at a USO dance in Montgomery, Alabama. They had no children but had a very happy marriage, until he died in his late seventies.