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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Edwin Lord Weeks

A distinguished painter of oriental scenes, the son of an affluent tea and spice merchant from Newton, Massachusetts, he traveled extensively in the Orient, journeying to Egypt and Persia (1870), Morocco (frequently between 1872 and 1878), and India (1882-83), apart from a first travel in 1869, to Surinam in South America. In 1895 he wrote and illustrated a book of travels, From the Black Sea through Persia and India, a travelogue in diary style: the civil war in Afghanistan and a cholera epidemic forced him to travel through Kurdistan and Persia; special chapters include the author's commentary on Hinduism and Islam in India, and on Indian art. It was published by Harper and Brothers in 1896. Edwin Lord Weeks was a member of the Légion d'Honneur, an officer of the Order of St. Michael, and a member of the Munich Secession (wiki and Google eBooks). A great son of New England!


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