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Monday, June 10, 2013

Edwin Longsden Long (English artist, born 1829- died 1891)


Long, who was born in Bath was a successful classical painter. In his youth he twice tried to enrol at the Royal Academy Schools, but was refused entry due to deficiencies in his drawing. He moved back to Bath as a result of these setbacks. In 1857 he visited Spain on the advice of John Phillip 1817-1867, whose faltering career had been revitalised by a sojourn there. In all he visited Spain three times, & developed like Phillip a talent for Spanish genre painting. Long visited the Holy Land in 1874, & began to produce large, rather static, pictures of incidents from the Bible. 
The Babylonian Marriage Market
His painting “ The Babylonian Marriage Market,” was a great success at the Royal Academy in 1875, & was afterwards sold for the enormous sum of £7350, making him financially secure. Longs pictures, like those of Alma-Tadema, were praised for the accuracy of their historic settings, & the precise rendering of historical artefacts. Long produced a number of very large canvasses with biblical scenes which made him a wealthy high profile artist. Their appeal is somewhat difficult for us to understand in the more secular world we live in today. Long became a full Academician in 1881. He died suddenly of pnuemonia in 1891, & his reputation quickly declined. The major collector of his work was Merton Russell-Cotes. See our section about the Russell-Cotes Gallery.
Queen Esther
Love's Labour Lost
An Ancient Custom

The Eastern Favourite
Katherine
The Gods and their Makers
An Egyptian Feast
The Finding of Moses
A Dorcas Meeting in the 6th Century
To her Listening Ear Responsive Chords of Music came Familia
Anno Domini or the Flight into Egypt, 1883
The Expulsion of the Gypsies from Spain, 1872
Uncle Tom and Little Eva
The Approval

Choir boys buying chestnuts from Gypsy
The Balcony, 1875
Alethe Attendant of the Sacred Iblis, 1887 
Egypt
The Assyrian Captive
A Votary of Isis
Glauke or Glauce pensive, 1883
Girl with Bagpipes
Bethlehem
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