Edmund Darch Lewis was born in Philadelphia on October 17, 1835 to a successful, wealthy, well-connected family. He studied with Paul Weber from 1850 to 1855. Lewis exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for many years beginning in 1854. His works were widely esteemed. He was elected an Associate of the Pennsylvania Academy in 1859. Lewis sent paintings for exhibition to the Boston Athenaeum (1858 to 1869) and the National Academy of Design (1860). He visited the White Mountains frequently, for dated paintings of the area range from 1857 to 1876.
He became best known for his watercolor marines. His earlier work is considered technically better than his later work. He was very prolific, sometimes doing two to three canvases a day. His “mass-produced” work made him a handsome profit, and he became know as a noted furniture and china collector.
Lewis died in Philadelphia on August 12, 1910.
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