Edwin Lord Weeks
|Died||November 1903 (aged 53-54)|
|Education||Léon Bonnat and Jean-Léon Gérôme, Paris|
|Known for||Painter, writer|
Edwin Lord Weeks (1849 – 1903) was an American artist, noted for his Orientalist works.
Weeks was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1849. His parents were affluent spice and tea merchants from Newton, a suburb of Boston, and as such they were able to finance their son's youthful interest in painting and travelling. As a young man Weeks visited the Florida Keys to draw, and also travelled to Surinam in South America. His earliest known paintings date from 1867 when he was eighteen years old, although it is not until his Landscape with Blue Heron, dated 1871 and painted in the Everglades, that Weeks started to exhibit a dexterity of technique and eye for composition--presumably having taken professional tuition.
After his studies in Paris, Weeks emerged as one of America's major painters of Orientalist subjects. Throughout his adult life he was an inveterate traveler and journeyed to South America (1869), Egypt and Persia (1870), Morocco (frequently between 1872 and 1878), and India (1882-83).
In 1895 Weeks wrote and illustrated a book of travels, From the Black Sea through Persia and India, and in 1897 he published Episodes of Mountaineering (which was preceded by the 1894 article Some Episodes of Mountaineering, by a Casual Amateur).
Weeks exhibited his work in nearly every annual Salon (Paris). He earned a Medal of Honor in 1884, then a Third Class Medal in 1889, followed by a Gold Medal at the 1889 International Exhibition, and finally the Legion of Honor in 1896.
A Maratha, leaving for hunting from Gwalior Fort
Maratha king of Gwalior at his palace
Barge of the Maharaja Of Benares, 1883
Along the Ghats of Mathura, 1883
The Maharajah at the Amer Fort, 1888
An Open-Air Restaurant near Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore
Royal Elephant at the Gateway to the Jama Masjid, Mathura
Interior of a Mosque at Cordova (circa 1880), The Walters Art Museum
The Taj Mahal, 1883, The Walters Art Museum