Edwin Longsden Long

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Edwin Longsden Long

87 artworks

English Academic Classical artist

Born 1829 - Died 1891

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A Question of Propriety

Oil on canvas

175.2 x 275 cms | 68 3/4 x 108 1/4 ins

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

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Anno Domini

1883

Oil on canvas

241.5 x 488 cms | 95 x 192 ins

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth,

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An Egyptian Feast

1877

Oil on canvas

87.8 x 187.7 cms | 34 1/2 x 73 3/4 ins

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, United Kingdom

Credit: John Lovelady

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The Babylonian Marriage Market

1875

Oil on canvas

172.5 x 304 cms | 67 3/4 x 119 1/2 ins

University of London - Royal Holloway, Egham, United Kingdom

A Dorcas Meeting in the 6th Century

1873-1877

Oil on canvas

134.6 x 217.5 cms | 52 3/4 x 85 1/2 ins

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

The Gods and Their Makers

1878

Oil on canvas

142 x 224 cms | 55 3/4 x 88 ins

Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museums, Burnley, United Kingdom

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The Approval

1873

Oil on canvas

122 x 168.5 cms | 48 x 66 1/4 ins

Private collection, ,

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Pharaoh's Daughter

circa 1886

Oil on canvas

196.7 x 276.8 cms | 77 1/4 x 108 3/4 ins

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol, United Kingdom

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Uncle Tom and Little Eva

1866

Oil on canvas

74.5 x 110.3 cms | 29 1/4 x 43 1/4 ins

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth,

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Edwin Longsden Long
by Paul Ripley

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. 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.

Source: Victorian Art in Britain.