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Edwin Long

Epithet: Artist (1829-1891)

Record type: Biographies

Biography: Born in Bath, Somerset in 1829, Long was the son of artist E. Long and educated at Dr. Viner's school in Bath. After choosing painting as a profession he moved to London, studying at the British Museum and the school of James Matthew Leigh in Newman Street. He made the acquaintance of fellow painter John Phillip and followed him to Spain, where Long was greatly influenced by the religious paintings of Velasquez and other Spanish masters, which is reflected in his early work depicting Biblical scenes.

Long was elected as an associate of the Royal Academy in 1870 and an academian in 1881. His paintings appealed to the tastes of the time and he earned recognition with his piece titled 'Diana or Christ?' (1881). He subsequently determined to exhibit a solo show in a separate gallery of his own and did so in Bond Street in 1883.

Long died on the 15th May 1891 from pneumonia resulting from influenza at his home in Hampstead and was buried in West Hamstead Cemetery.

Gender: Male

Date of birth: 1829

Date of death: 1891


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