Edwin Longesden Long

British, 1829 - 1891

IMAGE GALLERY

10 pictures

Click image to learn more about each picture, or send as a free e-card

View SlideshowPages: Previous 1 Next 
Alethe, Attendant of the Sacred Ibis in the...  by Edwin Longesden Long
Alethe, Attendant of the Sacred Ibis in the...
An Ancient Custom  by Edwin Longesden Long
An Ancient Custom
Ancient Cyprus  by Edwin Longesden Long
Ancient Cyprus
Bethlehem  by Edwin Longesden Long
Bethlehem
Eastern Lily  by Edwin Longesden Long
Eastern Lily
Sacred to Pasht  by Edwin Longesden Long
Sacred to Pasht
The Babylonian Marriage Market  by Edwin Longesden Long
The Babylonian Marriage Market
The Chosen Five (Zeuxis at Crotona)  by Edwin Longesden Long
The Chosen Five (Zeuxis at Crotona)
The Gods and their Makers  by Edwin Longesden Long
The Gods and their Makers
Then to her Listening Ear…  by Edwin Longesden Long
Then to her Listening Ear…
Pages: Previous 1 Next 

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Bath and the son of an artist, Long began his career as a portraitist. In 1857 he visited Spain on the advice of John Phillip, a painter of Spanish subjects. He was to make two further visits and began exhibiting Spanish genre subjects, the first of which was Bravo el Toro (1859) which records a moment of tension in a Spanish bullfight.

After visiting Egypt and Syria in 1874, Long's work took a new direction, and he began to produce large historical works illustrating passages from the bible and the customs of the ancient civilisations of Greece, Rome and Egypt. The first of these canvases, The Babylonian Marriage Market (1875), was a great success and many were fascinated by its careful archaeological detail. Long's large canvases from ancient history were characterised by a knowledge and accuracy of architectural features and ancient artefacts. He was the immediate predecessor of the High Victorian Classicists chief among whom were Alma-Tadema, Leighton and Poynter.

Long was elected ARA in 1876 and RA in 1881. In the late 1880s, the dealers Agnews commissioned Long to create a series of pictures illustrating types of national beauty, the head of a black woman, Jamaica, and of a swarthy beauty, Ancient Cyprus appearing in 1887. The popularity of Long's work enabled the artist to commission Richard Norman Shaw RA to design two houses for him in Hampstead.

FIND PRINTS & BOOKS

Marriage Market, Edwin Long
Prints & Posters  
The Babylonian Marriage Market, Edwin Long
Prints & Posters  
Easter Vigil, Edwin Long
Prints & Posters  
Love's Labour Lost, Edwin Long
Prints & Posters  
Jamaica, Edwin Long
Prints & Posters  

View all prints & books »

DISCUSSION

ask a question