Edwin Longsden Long

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Edwin Longsden Long

85 artworks

English Academic Classical artist

Born 1829 - Died 1891

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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

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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Love's Labour Lost

1885

Oil on canvas

Dahesh Museum, New York, United States

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Diana or Christ?

1881

Oil on canvas

121 x 211 cms | 47 1/2 x 83 ins

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Blackburn , United Kingdom

Jephthah's Vow: The Return

1885-1886

Oil on canvas

226.5 x 342 cms | 89 x 134 1/2 ins

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth,

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Preparing For The Festival Of Anubis

1889

Oil on canvas

107.5 x 154 cms | 42 1/4 x 60 1/2 ins

Private collection, ,

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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.