Elihu Vedder, Jr. (1836-1923)

Elihu Vedder, Jr. (1836-1923)
American golden-age illustrator, Symbolist painter and author ;
E. Vedder ; Elihu Vedder ; 
[Born February 26, 1836 in New York, NY – died January 29, 1923 in Rome, Italy]


FAD record control number: 40490

Record level: Person

Record type: Artist


Elihu Vedder (1836-1923) biography:

Birth: February 26, 1836 in New York, NY ;
Death: January 29, 1923 in Rome, Italy ;
Sex: Male ;
Ethnicity: White ; 
Pisces ;

Known for: Symbolist illustration and painting ;
Medium: Pen and ink ; pencil ; oil ; fresco ; glass ; colored glass ;
Technique: Drawing ; painting ; murals ; stained glass ;
Subjects: mythology ; allegory ; literature ;

Areas: Cuba ; New York, NY ; Schenectady, New York (summers growing up) ; Paris, France (1856) ; Florence, Italy (1857) ; Rome, Italy (1867-1923) ; Capri, Italy (where he had a villa, ca.1901-1923) ; London, England (1869) ;
Region: South America ; Northeast ; Europe ;
Lived: New York, NY ;
Father: Doctor Elihu Vedder, Sr. (1803-1896), dentist, based in Matanzas, Cuba ;
Mother: Caroline Elizabeth (Smith) Vedder (1814-1900) ;
Relatives: Uncle, lived in Schenectady, New York where he would spend summers ;
Spouse: Caroline Beach (Rosekrans) Vedder (1846-1909), married 1869 in Glen Falls, NY ;
Children: (?-1875), son ; Alexander Madison Vedder (1872-1872), son ; Anita Herriman Vedder (1873-1954), daughter ; Enoch Rosekrans Vedder (1876-1916), son ;

Training: Privately under Tompkins Harrison Matteson (1813-1884), genre painter ; François-Édouard Picot (1786-1868) in Paris, France ; Raffaello Bonaiuti (fl.1850), artist and inventor ;
Instructors: Tompkins Harrison Matteson (1813-1884) ; François-Édouard Picot (1786-1868) ; Raffaello Bonaiuti (fl.1850) ;
Work: Worked for magazine Vanity Fair and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper ; Designed glassware, mosaics and statuary for Louis Comfort Tiffany (1882) ; Published illustrated book (50 illustrations) for Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam based on a translated story of the Far East mathematician (1884), considered his most important commercial success ; Murals for the Library of Congress reading room, Walker Art Gallery Building, Bowdoin College, Collis Potter, Huntington, New York, dining room (all ca.1890s) ; Designed Christmas cards in the 1880s in New York, NY ; The Digressions of V (1910), auto-biography ; Miscellaneous Moods in Verse (1914) and Doubt and Other Things (1922), poetry written by Vedder ;


Member: National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY ; Society of Mural Painters, New York, NY ; Salmagundi Club, New York, NY (ca.1877-1923) ; National Academy of Design, New York, NY, associate (1864), academician (1865) ; Tile Club, New York, NY ; The Century Club, New York, NY ;
Exhibited with: Salmagundi Club, New York, NY ;

Milestones: Created artist designed books including : Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (1884) ; Influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites while honeymooning in London, England ;



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Last updated: April 16, 2020 at 19:32 pm

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