Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow

Artist Biography

Son of the widely popular lyrical poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ernest Wadsworth chose painting as his preferred form of expression. A Massachusetts native, Longfellow traveled to Paris to study with the influential Thomas Couture. Longfellow also visited Egypt and Japan, becoming as well known for exotic scenes as for his New England landscapes and seascapes. Stateside, he spent time in New York, becoming a member of The Century Association and exhibiting at the National Academy of Design and Brooklyn Art Association. His work was also included in exhibitions at the Boston Art Club and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and in 1923 the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston honored him with a memorial exhibition. Today, his paintings may be found in the permanent collections of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Longfellow National Historic Site, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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