Edmund Darch Lewis
Hudson River School Painter
This biography from the Archives of AskART: Edmund Darch Lewis is best known for his marine watercolors. He lived and worked in Philadelphia, studying for five years under the direction of Paul Weber. His works were first shown at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1854 and then later at the National Academy of Design in New York and the Boston Athenaeum.
The Philadelphia, New York, and New England areas became the focus of his landscapes, especially the region known as the Delaware Water Gap in Western New Jersey.
Lewis keen vision and remarkable talent created great public demand for his work, inspiring the artist to produce up to three paintings a day. At times, the sales of his paintings exceeded those of all other painters in America. Although his oeuvre made him one of the most financially successful artists of the nineteenth century, Lewis was also well known for his large collection of furniture and China, which he amassed later in life.
Credit: Web site of Comenos Fine Art
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